An Post repaint Royal Mail boxes

21/03/2016 NO REPRO FEE, MAXWELLS DUBLIN PIC SHOWS: Andrea Farrell who plays the part of ‘Rebel sniper and Scottish woman Margaret Skinnider’ with Rebel Sniper Dave Swift, (r) Abi Moran, MC Target McConnells and (l) Anna McHugh; Head of Corporate, An Post at the AN POST UNVEILING OF ITS “GPO WITNESS HISTORY” CAMPAIGN at the Royal College of Surgeons, Dublin today (mon) Dublin’s streetscape turns red today at selected locations around the capital for An Post’s “GPO Witness History” campaign, a major new 1916 centenary initiative which turns back time to tell the story of the Rising from the unique perspective of local, heritage postboxes that stood in silent witness to the dramatic events of the time – and ever since. Located at The Royal College of Surgeons, St Stephen’s Green; Grafton Street; Liberty Hall; Dun Laoghaire pier and Mount Street - with more to follow in days at Haddington Road; the Four Courts; O’Connell Street and the GPO, An Post’s Witness History postboxes have been re-painted red to reflect their colour in 1916. Each tells its own story of heroism, valour, heartbreak and fate. For a free and fully immersive experience, members of the public are invited to FREETEXT a keyword featured on their chosen postbox before receiving a video link on their smartphone. This plays a specially commissioned short video of the events that took place at the exact spot in which they’re standing. A question posed at the end of each video further engages the viewer with the story they have just witnessed. In addition, details are also provided of how to use your smartphone to book for the GPO Witness History Visitor Centre, one of the State’s 2016 ‘Permanent Reminder’ projects which is already being spoken of as a highlight of the centenary celebrations. Developed by An Post in association with Target McConnells, historian Mick O’Farrell consulted on the postbox campaign. According to An Post spokesperson, Anna McHugh: “The “W

Target McConnells has repainted 10 post boxes in Dublin city and county Royal Mail red for an An Post campaign to mark the 1916 Rising centenary. The GPO Witness History initiative uses post boxes at landmark sites around the capital’s streets, along with free video links, to sell stories about some of the events which occurred in Dublin 100 years ago.

Historian Mick O’Farrell acted as an advisor. The 10 An Post postboxes boxes repainted in Royal Mail red, the colour they were in 1916, are located at St Stephen’s Green, Grafton Street, Liberty Hall, the Four Courts, Royal College of Surgeons, Dún Laoghaire pier, Mount Street, Haddington Road, O’Connell Street and the General Post Office (GPO) itself.

Members of the public are invited to freetext a keyword featured on their chosen postbox before receiving a video link on their smartphone. It plays a short video of the events that took place at the exact spot in which they stand. A question posed at the end of each video further engages the viewer with the story they have just witnessed.

Details are also provided of how to use a smartphone to book for the GPO Witness History Visitor Centre, one of the State’s 2016 ‘Permanent Reminder’ projects. The campaign runs until May. Pictured beside one of the red postboxes are Abi Moran (right), Target McConnells, Anna McHugh, An Post with ‘rebel snipers’ Dave Swift and Andrea Farrell.  

For more on GPO Witness History, click on http://anpost1916.ie/

 

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