The GPO – After 13 Years

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


1 min
Silent with English intertitles

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

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

The rebuilt GPO was nearly double the size of the original building and much of the internal layout was altered. 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.