Sorting Letters – Rotunda 1916

Image of the month – April

The destruction of the GPO in April 1916 meant that there was no sorting office for day-to-day sorting of mails. Within days of the rebellion being over, however, the GPO authorities secured temporary premises up the street from the shell of the GPO at the Rotunda Rink. Make-shift sorting benches were arranged as best they could and staff were soon at work, surrounded by mountains of mail, dealing with the back-log that had built up over Easter Week.

The story of GPO staff during the Rising, from the first moment when the telegraphs lines were cut to the re-establishment of normal business, is a fascinating one, full of adventure and much quiet heroism.

Business as usual GPO Staff 1916jpg