Celebrating our past
In 1916, the proclamation of the Irish Republic was first read out loud on the steps of the General Post Office in Dublin. The 6-day rebellion that followed became one of the most formative events of Ireland's modern history – and so began the Republic’s incredible journey to independence. Over a century later, people can look back on this fascinating period, reflect on the progress that has taken place, and look to the future with pride.
All changed, changed utterly
Today, everyone is welcome to join in as Ireland's history is celebrated. Experience the life-changing stories of some of the country’s most famous landmarks and
walk in the footsteps of the men and women whose idealism gave birth to a nation. 1916 was a special year for Ireland – and we want to share it with the world.
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At the heart of both Ireland’s early 20th-century history and its main thoroughfare in the 21st century, the General Post Office (GPO) is one of Dublin’s most iconic buildings. It was also the headquarters of the rebels during the Easter Rising 1916. You can still trace the bullet holes that riddle its façade...
A stroll across the city is the National Museum of Ireland at Collins Barracks, and the chance to feast your eyes on 15,000 artefacts from that fateful week, showcasing everything from prison diaries to the original flag of the Irish Republic, which flew from the GPO during the Rising.
Dublin city centre (image courtesy of the National Library of Ireland)
A journey through time
, voted the number one landmark by TripAdvisor, is one of Ireland’s most visited attractions, and you can find out more about the lives of the rebellion leaders in the new Courthouse Visitor Centre. Kilmainham Gaol
Meanwhile, an interactive multimedia experience at the newly restored
delves into the complex and fascinating journey of the 3,000 Irish rebels imprisoned there – including Michael Collins and Eamon de Valera. Richmond Barracks
Your family's history in Ireland
Ireland's story is unfolding all the time, and through our art, literature and music, you can discover a very modern place, where the past is remembered and the future is full of possibilities. Look out for the exciting programme of cultural events taking place around April each year, which explore this special moment in Ireland's history.
And as the focus is on the past, there's no better time to take a trip here to
trace your own family history – you never know who you might find!
Dublin and beyond
Dublin is naturally brimming with history and part of its appeal is peeling back those layers to uncover Viking settlers, medieval cathedrals and gracious Georgian buildings. All of which have played a huge part in why the city is so beloved today.
But our culture has a more vibrant side, too. Take a tour of the hotspots frequented by James Joyce and Oscar Wilde in this UNESCO City of Literature; sample the
contemporary cuisine for which Dublin is developing an international reputation; or pop out for a pint to Bono’s local pub, Finnegans, in Dalkey.
If your taste for history is stirred by your Dublin trip, then definitely take the time to explore beyond the city and delve into
Ireland’s Ancient East. In this story-strewn part of the island, you can wander through 5,000 years of history, from Neolithic tombs to the great houses of the aristocracy.