General Post Office

The "general post office" at the center of Lower Sackville (O'Connell) street is a grand neoclassical building constructed from 1814 to 1818 as the last great architectural element of Georgian Dublin. British naval artillery reduced it to a hollow stone shell in the Easter Rising of 1916, but it was rebuilt in the 1920s. In Aeolus Joyce emphasizes its importance as a hub of mail traffic between Ireland and England and as a landmark "in the heart of the Hibernian metropolis," located next to Nelson's Pillar and to Sackville Street's busy intersections with Prince's Street and Henry Street.

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1865 photograph of the General Post Office and Nelson's Pillar. Source:

Detail from a Bartholomew map of Dublin showing the GPO's location between Henry Street and Prince's Street (unnamed on map) and its proximity to Eden Quay. Butt Bridge swiveled, allowing ships to proceed upriver as far as the O'Connell bridge. Source: Pierce, James Joyce's Ireland.

Painted photograph ca. 1908 showing the post office and pillar at right and Hotel Metropole, destroyed in the Rising, at center. Source: Wikimedia Commons.

Engraving by Benjamin Winkles from a drawing by George Petrie, published in Dublin Delineated in Twenty-Six Views of the Principal Public Buildings (1831). Source: