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Tuesday 11 December 2018

Actors put their stamp on GPO's 200th anniversary celebrations

Actors from the Fishamble company – Rory Nolan, Camille Ross, Mary Murray, and Liz FitzGibbon) – lead the celebrations in the GPO in Dublin. Photo: Maxwells, Dublin
Actors from the Fishamble company – Rory Nolan, Camille Ross, Mary Murray, and Liz FitzGibbon) – lead the celebrations in the GPO in Dublin. Photo: Maxwells, Dublin
Allison Bray

Allison Bray

A year-long celebration marking the bicentenary of the GPO kicked off with a special performance marvelling at the "new-fangled" notion of posting letters in a box.

The landmark building on O'Connell Street is not only Ireland's busiest postal outlet, but it's also the oldest functioning postal headquarters in the world.

And as the base for the rebels during the 1916 Easter Rising it holds a special place of honour in Irish history.

To commemorate the 200th anniversary of its opening, an actor from the Fishamble theatre company re-created the moment when Sir Edward Lees, the Post Office Secretary in 1818, spoke of introducing letter boxes, to be used as a means of preventing highwaymen from robbing mail coaches.

"Imagine, posting letters into a box," he proclaimed during the special performance yesterday to kick off the year-long series of events.

The free 15-minute production also runs on the hour tomorrow from 11am to 4pm, excluding the 1pm lunch hour.

Meanwhile, Communications Minister Denis Naughten also launched a new stamp to commemorate the bicentenary.

Irish Independent

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