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GPO exhibition celebrates commemorative Washington Monument plaque

Nial Ring, Lord Mayor of Dublin, with US Embassy Attaché, Senator Mark Daly at the exhibition

A new exhibition has been launched in Dublin to celebrate the donation of a plaque on behalf of the people of Ireland to the Washington Monument.

The commemorative plaque was given to the United States on the centenary of the Easter Rising three years ago in recognition of the relationship between the two countries.

Only 16 other countries have a plaque in the Washington Monument.

Opening the exhibition at the GPO Witness History Visitor Centre, Dublin Lord Mayor Nial Ring spoke about his deep affinity for the GPO as his grandfather Joseph Ring and his four grand-uncles fought in the city's iconic building during the Easter Rising.

"In my last month as lord mayor I am honoured to be dedicating this exhibition, which commemorates not only Thomas F Meagher and the Irish flag but also the strong and enduring links between Ireland and the United States," he said.

Meagher was a prominent figure in both Irish nationalist history and the American Civil War.

GPO Witness History is located in one of Ireland's most iconic buildings, the General Post Office building on O'Connell Street.

It boasts original artefacts from 1900 to the present time and is managed by Shannon Group's tourist experiences and attractions company, Shannon Heritage.

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