For nearly 200 years, the General Post Office on O’Connell Street has stood at the heart of Dublin; an icon of Irish history, an architectural gem and a stately backdrop to the life of the capital city.
Best known as the headquarters of the 1916 Rising, it isn’t just a monument to the past. It’s the high church of post and parcels, a forum for public protest, a shelter from the wind and rain and for 950 staff, the office.
Leading up to the most important anniversary since the GPO was first built, RTÉ was given access to film life inside the walls of the GPO, capturing the daily life and work of the staff – and those who use its services – to transport their letters, parcels and often, stories and emotions.
This six month period, in addition to the daily postal business, also saw the development of a new €10 million visitor centre, constructed right in the centre of the GPO courtyard.