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The General Post Office (GPO) in Dublin is the headquarters of the Irish postal service An Post, and Dublin’s principal post office. Sited in the centre of the city’s main thoroughfare O’Connell Street, it is one of Ireland’s most famous buildings and was the last of the great Georgian public buildings to be erected in the capital.
During the Easter Rising of 1916, the GPO served as the headquarters of the uprising’s leaders. The assault by the British forces extensively damaged the building and it was not repaired until the Irish Free State government took up the task some years later. The original columns outside are still pocked with bullet-marks. An original copy of the Proclamation of the Irish Republic is on permanent display in the GPO philatelic office. The building has remained a symbol of Irish nationalism and Irish national history. In commemoration of the failed Rising, a statue depicting the death of the mythical hero Cúchulainn is housed in the front of the building.