History

The Story of An Post

This page explains the history of the Irish postal service. It tells the story of how the first Post Office began to when the first stamp was issued. It explains how the postal service has helped people to stay in touch with each other down through the years.

How Our Mail Moves

This page explains how the mail moves around the country. The students learn about how this was done on horse in the olden days, then by train and how today, mail is transported and delivered by airplanes, vans, trucks, bikes and on foot.

The GPO - General Post Office

This page educates students on the history of the General Post Office, the part it played in the 1916 Rising and what happens there. Students can complete a quiz to see what they have learned about the GPO.


The history of the GPO

The history of the GPO quiz sheet

Design a stamp

A template for a stamp can be printed in black and white so students can design their own stamp.

Stamp template

GPO Witness History Visitor Centre

There is so much to know about the GPO and the 1916 Easter Rising that even we can’t tell you about it all.

But there is one place that you can go to find out everything you want to know. It’s the GPO Witness History Visitor Centre, where history is brought to life.
 
The exhibition space is packed with technology, video, sound and original artefacts from the 1916 Easter Rising. Many of these objects have never been seen before by the public.

Opening times:
Open all year round from 9am to 5:30pm

School Tours

Tip: The GPO Witness History Visitor Centre, part of Dublin's Cultural Trail, is a great place to bring your school tour.

Dublin’s new GPO Witness History interpretive exhibition centre will offer a unique blend of learning, engagement and fun to students of all ages, interests and nationalities. Register your interest at kellyc@shannonheritage.com