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GPO visitor centre will be ready in time, promises Humphreys

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Heather Humphreys

Heather Humphreys

Heather Humphreys

ARTS Minister Heather Humphreys has insisted a €7.8m interpretative centre to be built at the GPO will be ready in time for the 1916 centenary celebrations.

Work on the construction of the 1,650 square metre centre, designed by Kavanagh Tuite Architects, is set to begin later this month.

It will be predominantly located at the rear of the existing GPO building on Dublin's O'Connell Street, although some of the centre will be incorporated in the main building.

"The contract has been signed, construction is getting under way and the project will be open and completed in time for the 100th anniversary of the 1916 Rising," said Ms Humphreys (inset below). "The interpretive centre will bring to life the events of the Rising, which proved so crucial in our history.

"I have no doubt the centre at the GPO will add to Dublin's tourism offering and prove immensely popular with local visitors too."

The interpretative centre will be a single-storey building with a sculpture garden on top of it. The garden will contain a memorial to the children killed during the Rising.

The content of the exhibition, which will go on display at the centre, has yet to be finalised. But it will be called 'GPO: Witness to History' and will be based around displaying events as they unfolded chronologically. Construction is scheduled to continue until October of next year.

The centre is part of a €22m package set aside by the Government to fund projects linked to the centenary.

These include the restoration of Kilmainham Courthouse and the putting in place of a dedicated facility for the Military Pensions Archive at Cathal Brugha Barracks in Dublin.

There will be provision of visitor facilities at Pearse's Cottage in Rosmuc, Co Galway, refurbishment works at Richmond Barracks in Dublin and the development of a tenement museum.

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