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The GPO – After 13 Years

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Category:
The Irish Independence Film Collection, The Irish Independence Film Collection - The Early Irish Free State
Directed by:
British Pathé
Produced by:
British Pathé
Year:

1929
Duration:

1 min
Language:
Silent with English Intertitles

This newsreel marks a momentous occasion in Irish history: the formal reopening of the GPO on O’Connell Street. President William T. Cosgrave stands alongside T.D.s and Senators on a platform in front of the newly rebuilt General Post Office.

The President addresses the huge crowd that has gathered and the tricolour is raised. Only the front façade and portico survived the devastating destruction of the Easter Rising 13 years before.

The rebuilt GPO had much of its internal layout altered and was nearly double in size. The GPO is more than just a place of business – it is also a symbol and a reminder of the events that touched the lives of generations of Irish citizens.

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