Oscar Traynor commanded this building and the area which also included Eason’s, under the watch of James Connolly. The Metropole was described as “an extensive and prettily constructed building, with many balconies overlooking Sackville Street”.
In his book, JF Boyle also reported: “The proximity of the great Metropole Hotel, next the Post Office, relieved the insurgents of any immediate fear of lack of provisions in this quarter.” This included food and bedding.
Now Penney’s department store on O’Connell Street, it was burned to the ground during the Rising. A waiter from the Metropole found Joseph Plunkett’s diary on the street after the surrender.