This year we are not only celebrating Christmas but also two hundred years since the foundation stone of the GPO was laid in 1814. There will be free entry to the An Post Museum from the 8th December till Christmas Eve so do come and take a look at our exhibition, Letters, Lives & Liberty, and if you drop in at lunch-time, you’ll also be able to join in with the traditional carol singing in the Public Office.
Have a very Happy Christmas.
An Post Museum and the GPO are closed Sundays and Bank Holidays.
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Heritage Week at the An Post Museum will be taking place from the 23rd August to the 30th August 2014 here in the GPO Dublin. Please note that the GPO is closed on Sundays.
Heritage Week is a great way for people of all ages to discover and explore Irish history and heritage.
Here at the GPO Dublin, the An Post Museum will be open for free from 10am to 5pm.
There are a number of special tours organised for the week-long festival exploring the history of the Irish Post Office.
Free tickets are available through Eventbrite.
Military Service Pensions Collection
This week, after many years of careful research and hard work, the Military Archives are making available on line the Military Service Pensions Collection. This is a major collection of considerable historical importance and, following the launch in the GPO, the An Post Museum will have a couple of items from that collection on display in the Museum over the next few weeks.
Eamonn Bulfin (1892-24 December 1968) was serving as a Lieutenant with 4 Battalion, Dublin Brigade, Irish Volunteers at the time of the 1916 Easter Rising. He served in the G.P.O. and was interned until December 1916. Following his release Bulfin became Vice Commandant, Birr Battalion, Offaly Brigade, Irish Volunteers and was arrested on 18 July 1918 in connection with the ‘German Plot’. He was then deported first to England and from there to Argentina in May 1919. While in Argentina Bulfin acted as a representative for Dáil Éireann and was involved in the purchase and transportation to Ireland of arms and ammunition for the Irish Volunteers and IRA as well as undertaking fund raising, political and propaganda work. Eamonn Bulfin disagreed with the Treaty, closed down his mission to Argentina and returned to Ireland in June 1922. He took no part in the Civil War.
Bulfin has a particular association with the GPO in 1916 in that he was asked to hoist the green Irish Republic flag on the mast at the corner of Prince’s Street.
Further information on the collection may be found at www.militaryarchives.ie
Eamonn Bulfin, circled, in a group at Stafford gaol in 1916.
Letter from Margaret Pearse concerning arrangements for Eamonn Bulfin’s deportation to Argentina in 1919 – Part I
Letter from Margaret Pearse concerning arrangements for Eamonn Bulfin’s deportation to Argentina in 1919 – Part II
Letter from Margaret
Inside the An Post Museum
Culture Night at the GPO will be on Friday 20th September 2013.
People from all over Ireland and the world who are visiting Dublin will be treated to extended opening hours by many cultural and heritage institutions.
The An Post Museum, located in the GPO, is glad to be taking part in this wonderful night again. Since 2010, we have opened our doors to new and old friendly faces from around the globe who take delight in discovering and rediscovering the history and heritage behind the Irish Post Office.
If you are in Dublin during Culture Night do call into the GPO where you can see our 1916 Proclamation, imagine yourself working in a Travelling Post Office and maybe even take part in a tango!
Entry to the GPO Museum will be free on Friday 20th and Culture Night activities start at 5.15pm.
The GPO and Museum will close at 9pm.
In just a few short days An Post Museum will be taking part again in the annual festival called Heritage Week.
For those of you who don’t know what Heritage Week is, it is a week long celebration where Irish cultural and heritage institutions take part in celebrating Irish culture and heritage.
This time of year always has a buzz of activity around it for us here in the An Post Museum Office. From organising,tickets, information and telling people about what we are doing to celebrate Heritage Week. Each year we see 2,000 or more people come through the museum during the festival.
For all of us here in the An Post Museum the festival is always exciting, we get to meet wonderful people from all over the world. Some come to the GPO to see where the 1916 Rising took place and it is always bonus when you can show them the museum and tell people about the other aspects of the the Post Office before and after the Rising.
It is lovely to hear back from people on how they enjoyed visiting the exhibition Letters, Lives and Liberty and how they enjoyed learning something new. Many people carry with them wonderful stories of their own about how they are decended from people who either worked directly in the GPO or that their parents worked on the TPO system that the Post Office used to transport mails or that they worked on the telegraphic systems or the counters as clerks at one time. Sometimes you also get to meet people from other post offices from around the world.
Heritage Week at the GPO is a great place for people who have an interest or passion for information on the different sides of Irish history.
Entry is free to the An Post Museum during Heritage Week, so why not come along and join us?
Click on the links to learn more about the festival inside the GPO.
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.