Dublin's green postboxes to go red for 1916 centenary

They will remain as full working postboxes throughout

An Post, postboxes, 1916 Rising, centenary, Dublin,

A map showing the location of some of the red postboxes | Image: An Post

It might look like something from the past - that's because it is.

An Post has announced plans to paint a number of postboxes in the capital red, as they appeared before independence from Britain.

In a statement, An Post says it is "bringing you closer to the streets of 1916 Dublin to witness the lesser-known stories of the Rising".

"At various locations across Dublin, painted red post boxes become beacons for the events they witnessed a hundred years ago".

The 'GPO Witness History' campaign hopes to tell the story of the Rising from the unique perspective of local, heritage postboxes that stood in silent witness to the events of the time.

They will remain as full working postboxes throughout, with regular scheduled collection and clearing.

Postboxes are to go red at several locations including Liberty Hall, the RCSI, Grafton Street, Dun Laoghaire and Northumberland Road - with more to follow.

But why these locations?

Royal College of Surgeons
Rebel sniper and Scottish woman Margaret Skinnider shooting from the rooftop of the Royal College of Surgeons at British troops in The Shelbourne Hotel as they advance on rebel positions

Grafton Street
12-year-old John McNamara, sent out for food during the shortages of the Rising, standing outside Knowles fruit shop observing looters around him

Liberty Hall
On Sunday, April 23rd 1916, the day before the Rising began, we witness James Connolly, Rebellion leader and Commandant of the Dublin Brigade talking to Michael Molloy, an Irish volunteer responsible for printing the Proclamation of the Irish Republic

Dun Laoghaire
Company Sargeant Major Samuel Henry Lomas with the 2/6 Battalion Sherwood Foresters, demonstrating to a young inexperienced soldier how to fire and release his rifle on the pier at Dun Laoghaire before they march towards Dublin and into battle

Mount Street
On Wednesday, April 26th, 1916 rebel snipers ambushed a group of Sherwood Forresters at Mount Street Bridge. It was the bloodiest battle of the Rising and over 200 British troops were killed or injured. Mid-ambush, our focus is on Private Davenport, an inexperienced soldier under fire from a better positioned enemy