Revolution! 1916 - Public Art Trail. Artistic responses to the 1916 Rising
The scene depicted in this painting shows the internal destruction inside the G.P.O building. The G.P.O was the centrepiece building in the Rising and because of this its physical structure was severely damaged. The facade of the building remained intact, but fire and concentrated British artillery wreaked havoc and destruction on the buildings main structure. This painting displays the interior of the building after the Rising. The ground is strewn with with the debris of a working post office. Postmen s bicycles, radiators and building materials lie charred and burnt on the post office floor. Off centre to the left of the painting can be seen the dark figures of two British soldiers curiously inspecting the damage to the buildings interior.
15 Kildare men, including Domhnall Ua Buachalla, Tom Harris, Ted O Kelly and Pat Colgan walked from Maynooth in Co.Kildare to fight in the G.P.O, on their arrival they met others from Kildare; Frank and Eva Burke from Carbury, Jim O Neill from Leixlip, Tom Brien from Timahoe, Michael Cowley from Kilbrook and Paddy Byrne from Kilcock.