6, Harcourt Street is known as the most historic house in Dublin. Since its beginning in Georgian Dublin it has been home to a Unionist MP, Irish revolutionaries and a Catholic Saint. It saw action in 1916 and played a key role during Ireland’s Revolutionary period including the decision to found Dáil Éireann and was also where Michael Collins had his office when Minister for Finance. It has been Conradh na Gaeilge’s headquarters since 1966 and has played its part in rejuvenating the language in the capital city and nationally.
The story of the building itself gives a fascinating insight into how Dublin and Ireland changed through the years. Its walls have witnessed monumental decisions that have had far-reaching consequences. A cradle of thought, debate and action that that helped mould life in Ireland.
Yesterday I walked into the city ( within my 5km) and met a friend who did likewise (within his). We do this most weeks for exercise. As it was Easter we walked the city to the various sites. We decided to leave lilies, from a convenience shop on O’Connell Street, at the GPO.
Both of us were then approached by Gardai and had our details taken. We were exercising, within our 5km. People live in tiny apartments and need to get out and walk. The ability to go for walks is just about all that has kept me sane.
I’ve (mostly) supported the public health restrictions. I’ve tried my best and raised about 10k for hospitals and hospices despite my own livelihood being affected like many others. Dan likewise has done good. I’ve not seen my parents in 4 months. I’ve stayed within 5km. People are trying really hard. I see almost nobody.
Something changed in how this has all been policed since January. When you break absolutely no restrictions, but are made to feel like you have done something wrong, it is upsetting. It’s happening everyday to people.
I have tremendous respect for everyone working through this – as the son of a retired firefighter and care nurse I’m conscious of the stress all frontline workers would be under. But the atmosphere has to change. Most people are just trying their best, including us.
I think the bit that upsets me most about this is that what we did was a very simple little gesture. People are doing their best across Ireland, from care home workers to shop staff. A few lilies at the GPO just meant something would be marked even in this tough year.
Sinn Féin spokesperson on Arts and Culture, Aengus O Snodaigh launches a document outlining his proposals for the revitalisation of the Moore Street district.
Via The Irish Sun:
The plan — called A Vision for Moore Street — includes turning Moore Street into a cultural quarter and ‘living museum’ which would involve developing the area to look like it did during the 1916 Easter Rising.
Sinn Fein TD Aengus O’Snodaigh is set to bring forward a bill to the Dail on Wednesday that will put the Moore Street plan on a legislative footing.
The buildings at 14-17 Moore Street were a key base for the 1916 Rising leaders and mark the place where they met for the last time. The streets surrounding the headquarters were also key battlegrounds during the Rising.
UK property group Hammerson, which owns a six-acre site stretching from O’Connell Street to Moore Street and Parnell Street, are set to seek planning permission next month that would involve knocking down buildings and changing the streets.
Bringing #Ireland‘s History to Life. 🇮🇪🗝️
My restored and colourised 1916 photo of Michael Collins and his fellow Irish Volunteers in Stafford Prison, Staffordshire, England after the failed 1916 Easter Rising. Michael Collins is fifth from the right with an ‘x’ over his head. pic.twitter.com/NtFSLncxWD
A copy of the 1916 Proclamation hangs outside the site of the demolition of the O’Rahilly house, home of 1916 rising leader Michael Joseph O’Rahilly, pulled down without warning early yesterday morning to make room for an aparthotel development with 105 flats fronting on to Herbert Park.
From top: GPO, O’Connell Street, Dublin; Exo building, Point Square, Dublin
An Post is ‘closing in on a deal to relocate’ its headquarters from the GPO to the Exo Building at Point Square in the Dublin docklands.
Via Irish Times:
The company is understood to have entered into exclusive negotiations to rent at least 120,000sq ft at the property from its owners, a European fund advised by Tristan Capital Partners and local partners SW3 Capital. The Exo, which is under construction, will comprise 169,150sq ft of Grade A office space upon completion later this year.
….While An Post’s GPO headquarter operations now look set to be relocated to the Exo Building, its public post office and the GPO Witness History Museum will continue in their current location…