Wednesday 28 September 2016

1916 visitor centre proves popular

Published 06/04/2016 | 07:00

The 1916 Centenary parade makes its way past the GPO in Dublin. Photo: Gerry Mooney
The 1916 Centenary parade makes its way past the GPO in Dublin. Photo: Gerry Mooney

Interest in Pearse and the Proclamation has not waned in the aftermath of Easter commemorations, judging by visitor figures from the GPO's newly opened 1916 visitor centre.

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In its first full week of public admissions, GPO Witness History had over 10,500 visitors come through its doors to learn about the Rising.

Individuals and groups have been using interactive maps to route military dispatches from the GPO to St Stephen's Green at the event, as well as using Morse code to proclaim the Irish Republic by radio.

The event also has a commissioned sculpture commemorating the 40 children who died during the Rising.

General Manager of GPO Witness History Aline Fitzgerald welcomed the numbers and the level of positive feedback for the permanent visitor attraction.

"The positive response has been wonderful and is a great reflection on our staff who worked diligently to ensure that everything would be in place for visitors," she said.

Irish Independent

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