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The GPO- After 13 Years

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Category:
The Irish Independence Film Collection
Directed by:
Produced by:
British Pathé
Year:

1929
Duration:

1 min 27 sec
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. Following the devastating destruction of the Easter Rising 13 years before, only the front façade and portico remained, everything else was left in ruin.

The rebuilt GPO had much of its internal layout altered and was nearly doubled 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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