GPO Witness History

AHI award for GPO Witness History by Stephen Moylan


The Association for Heritage Interpretation have announced the results of the AHI 2017 Discover Heritage Awards – for excellence in cultural and natural heritage interpretation in Britain and Ireland. 

GPO Witness History was a runner up in the Visitor / Interpretation Centre category.  It was purpose built by Kavanagh Tuite and the museum content was by Mark Leslie of Martello Media, for Ireland’s Decade of Centenaries to celebrate its role as the rebel headquarters during the Easter Rising of 1916, the pivotal event of modern Irish History

The judges were very impressed with the way a very contentious subject was told in a remarkably balanced and respectful manner. The experience was engaging and immersive without being trivialised or sensationalised.

Kavanagh Tuite send their congratulations to Mark Leslie and all who contributed through Martello Media.

GPO Witness History wins Civic Trust Award 2017 by Fergal Ryan

GPO WITNESS HISTORY is Awarded at the 2017 Civic Trust Awards.

The 58th Annual Civic Trust Awards Ceremony was held on Friday 10 March at the Guildhall Winchester.


From 247 applications, 45 national and international projects were rewarded with a Civic Trust Award or Commendation, which included 5 Special Awards.

GPO Witness History was one of only four international awards presented on the night. There were some truly exceptional schemes in the final round, and after much debate, the National Panel gave 5 Special Awards, 19 Civic Trust Awards and 26 Commendations. In addition, one award was made from the conservation projects by the Civic Trust Awards Conservation Panel.

The Civic Trust Awards scheme was established in 1959 to recognise outstanding architecture, planning and design in the built environment.

As the longest standing, independent built environment awards scheme in Europe, during the last 57 years, more than 6,500 projects have been rewarded and the scheme has continued in its objective to recognise significant projects that have made a positive contribution to the local communities they serve.

You can read about the winners here! 

Civic Trust Award Event 2017

Winners of the KPMG Irish Independent Property Industry Excellence Award by Fergal Ryan

(L-R) Fergal Ryan,(Kavanagh Tuite) Maurice Blake (An Post) Michael Cosgrave (Patron of DIT Doctorate) and Brian Kavanagh (Kavanagh Tuite).

(L-R) Fergal Ryan,(Kavanagh Tuite) Maurice Blake (An Post) Michael Cosgrave (Patron of DIT Doctorate) and Brian Kavanagh (Kavanagh Tuite).

2016 Category Award Winner for Property Conservation:

Kavanagh Tuite Architects for GPO Witness History.

The KPMG Irish Independent Property Excellence Awards highlight, reward and celebrate excellence in the Irish Property Industry. Core to this success is the integrity of the judging process and its commercial structure, which has ensured that the awards receive both the support and endorsement of the entire Irish property sector. 

Ireland’s property industry stakeholders, commercial & residential agencies, developers, architects, designers, investment managers and contractors convened at the Convention Centre Dublin on the 10th November for the announcement of the winners of the highly-contested KPMG Irish Independent Property Industry Excellence Awards.

All professional institutes, representative bodies and government agencies endorse the KPMG Irish Independent Property Excellence Awards.

GPO Witness History Fly-by by Fergal Ryan

Great birds eye photo of the GPO and the inner courtyard of the new GPO Witness History. 

Air Corps GPO


This photo is courtesy of The Irish Air Corps. It was kindly provided after practising yesterday for The Easter Sunday Fly-By during The Easter Sunday Centenary Events 2016. 

The Easter Sunday events begin at 11.30am on March 27th with the reading of the 1916 Proclamation under the GPO portico by a Defence Forces officer.  The President will lay a wreath on behalf of the people of Ireland, followed by a minute’s silence for all those who died.  The national flag above the GPO will be raised to full mast and the national anthem played.  The parade, led by the Defence Forces in full military display, will begin at St Stephen’s Green, pass the GPO and continue to Parnell Square.  It will conclude with an Air Corps flypast and a 21-gun salute.