Tag: Free State

The green solution

Thursday, 12 January, 2017 0 Comments

When the leaders of the Irish Free State started to shape their post-colonial nation, they began by changing place names. Kingstown reverted to its old Gaelic name of Dún Laoghaire, Queenstown became Cobh and Maryborough became Portlaoise.

In February 1922, the Provisional Government issued “Public Notice Number 4” which stipulated that “Irish be taught or used as a medium of instruction for not less than one hour each day” and schools were urged to make “the necessary arrangements to ensure the directive was carried out.” As a result of this revolutionary zeal, the Post Office was renamed Oifig an Phoist and it invented new Irish words like “Telefon”. Other changes were more cosmetic and involved painting red post boxes green.

Post box