The General Post Office on O'Connell Street in Dublin was the headquarters for Easter Rising in 1916.
The GPO was extensively damaged in the fierce fighting. Left in ruins, it was restored and reopened by the fledgling Free State in 1929. The GPO’s current make-over comes courtesy of the Office of Public Works (OPW). There has been some recent debate about what were thought for many years to be bullet holes from 1916 in the building's famous front columns. Now some historians are not so sure.
Founder of the ‘1916 Walking Tour of Dublin’ Lorcan Collins has no doubt they are bullet holes. Whereas Dublin historian and author Pat Liddy, notes a lot of stone was replaced in the 1920s, He says
I’m surprised in fact that we can still find bullet holes in the GPO, I know there are a few, but not anything like what you’d expect to find.
The O’Connell Monument on the same street however, was clearly caught in the crossfire. Liddy points out the battle-scars on Mother Ireland and the Winged Victories.
An RTÉ News report by Peter Leonard broadcast on 29 August 2005.
Newspaper seller outside the ruins of the GPO in 1916.