GPO Witness History Interpretive Centre by Stephen Moylan

This is a culturally significant project in one of Dublin's most iconic buildings on the city’s main thoroughfare, O’Connell Street. It was opened to the public last year for the 2016 centenary of the 1916 Rising. 

The high profile project involved the construction of a new exhibition centre within the restored courtyard of the GPO. The public engagement with the iconic GPO has been hugely enhanced with the opening of the new interpretive centre. We are proud to have been involved in this significant project.

Embodied showcased at the newly opened GPO Witness History by Stephen Moylan

Commissioned by An Post Witness History, and in association with Dublin Dance Festival, Embodied is a series of six new dance solos by female choreographers based in Ireland that calls attention to the role of women as initiators of change within Irish society. Over a course of three nights the performance journeyed through the original fabric of the GPO building and newly opened GPO Witness History Centre. This was an unique opportunity to see an intimate and historically poignant performance nestled in the eye-catching surrounds of the GPO's east courtyard. 

Please find the programme of events here

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Capstones Shift: 1916 Centenary Lecture Series by Stephen Moylan

Along with Stephen Ferguson, Assistant Secretary of An Post, Brian Kavanagh, Fergal Ryan and Joy Kearns, of Kavanagh Tuite Architects, were invited to speak at RIAI for its Capstone Shift lecture series. 

'To mark the Centenary of 1916, the Irish Architectural Archive (IAA), the RIAI and its journal Architecture Ireland have developed a joint programme of lectures and articles entitled ‘Capstones Shift: Architectural Legacies of the Easter Rising’ which run throughout 2016. The lectures are accompanied by a series of articles in Architecture Ireland and focus on a selection of prominent Dublin buildings destroyed or utterly changed by the events of Easter 1916 and later. These buildings were central to myriad social, commercial, political and religious patterns of life. Their absence, or removal from use, would have had an immediate and disconcerting effect on the daily routines and interactions of thousands of ordinary Dubliners as they lived, moved, worked, prayed and entertained themselves in the post-Rising city, quotidian disruptions making unavoidable and un-ignorable the profound political phase-shift that had occurred.'

(RIAI/news/article/Capstone Shift)

Brian and Fergal gave a fascinating and insightful lecture about the process of restoring the East courtyard to its former glory, the importance of craftsmanship involved within the conservation of such an complex landmark building, and the challenges met and overcome with the construction of the GPO Witness History, the new contemporary exhibition centre, that twines itself within the fabric and history of one of Dublin's most iconic buildings.