Sunday 23 July 2017

An Post paints postboxes red for 1916 events

Andrea Farrell and Dave Swift, who play the parts of rebel snipers in one of the stories from the An Post ‘GPO Witness History’ campaign, at the red postbox at the Royal College of Surgeons on St Stephen’s Green, Dublin. Photo: Maxwellphotography.ie
Andrea Farrell and Dave Swift, who play the parts of rebel snipers in one of the stories from the An Post ‘GPO Witness History’ campaign, at the red postbox at the Royal College of Surgeons on St Stephen’s Green, Dublin. Photo: Maxwellphotography.ie

Ciara Treacy

Overlooked as key waypoints of the Rising, Dublin's postboxes were "the silent servants of the state" that marked out territories as the historic events in 1916 unfolded.

To put their own stamp on the commemorations, some of the boxes have now been turned the same colour they were in 1916.

Those located at the Royal College of Surgeons, Grafton Street, Liberty Hall, Dun Laoghaire pier and Mount Street have been painted red by An Post, with more to follow in coming days. It comes as part of the 'GPO Witness History' campaign.

"Fully funded by An Post and free of charge, our ambition is to give people of all ages - including visitors from abroad - a once in a lifetime experience by bringing them closer to the streets of 1916," said Anna McHugh of An Post.

Each red box has a keyword which the public can freetext to receive a specially commissioned video of events which took place on that exact spot.

Irish Independent

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