“I think the Brits often get a bad rap from historians” I say to my friend Conor.
We call it a draw and walk southwards down ‘O Connell Street. I stop halfway down, and stare up at the majestic facade of the GPO building.
In doing so, I think back to the events of 1916, and the Easter Rising, an iconic event in Irish History. In a standoff against the British forces, sixteen men were captured and executed. While the Rising itself was regarded as a failure, it inspired the Irish people to press on with their quest for independence.
The War of Independence and the Civil War followed soon afterwards with further tragic losses of innocent lives, but eventually in 1922, Irish Independence was secured.
2016 marks the centenary of the Easter Rising and the GPO are constructing a special exhibition for the occasion, set to open next March.
Artist Norman Teeling painted a series of portraits of the 1916 leaders, which were on display in the GPO as part of the 80th anniversary in 1996 and remained there until 2005. Thankfully we will get another chance to see these striking images in an upcoming exhibition in The Oriel Gallery. An ode to the brave men and women of 1916.