Going into a post office to buy a stamp to post a letter is the most natural thing in the world.
Buying a stamp in an iconic building such as the General Post Office in Dublin may not mean very much to tourists but to Irishmen and Irishwomen, there is a significance.
For an Irish stamp collector, buying a set of new issues is to walk in the footsteps of the founding fathers (and mothers!) of the Republic of Ireland.
At Easter 1916, just over 1,000 very brave men and women proclaimed a Republic and the Headquarters garrison of the Rebel Forces was based at the GPO. They risked liberty, limb and life itself in the cause of Freedom.
Within a week, the GPO was destroyed as was much of central Dublin and innocent civilians were dying as the British Empire struck back with their notorious venom. The cause of Freedom seemed defeated but the rebels had lit a flame that cannot be extinguished…in Ireland itself and as other nations followed…India, Cyprus, Kenya to name but a few.
There are excellent exhibitions on the Easter Rising in the GPO and at the Irish National Military Museum in Dublin.
These are some postcards I picked up in Dublin yesterday.