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Dunmanway ladies create replica of GPO

March 30th, 2016 11:50 AM

By Southern Star Team

Members of the Knit & Natter group who meet every Friday at Dunmanway Library pictured with the stunning replica model of Dublin's GPO, knitted and crocheted by them.

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DUNMANWAY Library’s Knit & Natter group have created yet another masterpiece, this time knitting and crocheting a stunning replica model of Dublin’s GPO to tie in with the centenary of the 1916 Easter Rising. 

The group, which meets in the library on Friday mornings, has worked on several group projects together from stunning Christmas wreaths to afternoon tea creations – even knitting a bicycle on one occasion

For their GPO replica, there were no patterns to work from, so the whole work was specially designed by the ladies themselved. Using photographs and books, the group members measured and designed the knitted panels to re-create the front of the GPO, one of the last Georgian public buildings to be built in Dublin and which was opened in 1818.

Work started on the project back in December and hours upon hours were spent poring over the details. The stonework was examined and much discussion went into deciding on the type and style of knitting stitches that would best replicate the real life stonework. 

Wool shade samples were scrutinised to match the real life granite and the brighter Portland stone of the portico at the front of the building. The frieze was designed to be as near a match as was possible in the confines of wool. 

The windows were counted and measured and different materials used to create the illusion of glass. Doors were investigated and replicas were knitted. 

Even the smallest details were not overlooked and, most importantly for the time, the tricolour and the Irish Republican flags were flown atop the building.

Accompanying the GPO is a copy of the Proclamation, dressed in a beautiful Aran frame. 

The words, of course, have become more familiar to us in recent weeks as the country as a whole reflects on the importance of the centenary of the 1916 Rising.

 The GPO and accompanying pieces will be on display in Dunmanway Library for the coming weeks and has been described as ‘an absolute must-see’ for craft lovers and history buffs alike. In fact, everyone who sees it will appreciate the skilled workmanship and imagination in the design and execution of this elaborate tribute to the heroes of 1916. 

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