IRISH POSTAL HISTORY
This website is designed to build awarness of & establish a FREE national online photographic archive of post office pillarboxes & various other types of post office wall boxes & fittings located throughout Ireland.
Most people will be aware of ongoing postal service changes, especially the closureof small rural post offices, however many isolated rural & village post boxes are also under threat as these cost saving measures take effect. Many of these beautiful cast-iron
boxes are Victorian, Edwardian & later early Irish Free state Post & Telegraphs types.
Some original wall boxes have been replaced with dreadful modern square steel boxes when a quality cast-iron replica pillarbox could have been used as happens in the UK.
please send via email digital camera/phone images of your local pillarboxes or wall boxes
stating where each is located village/street/town/county etc A close up frontal image will show the type. Even just one image will be fine but a number would also be nice
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2014 Rip-Off Postal Rate Increase
An Post has recently once again increased postal charges (Aug 2014) for letter & parcel post. This large inflation-busting increase, was as usual, sanctioned by Ireland's toothless & spineless regulator 'Comreg'.
An ordinary stamp has now increased from 60c to 68c, an increase of 13.5%. (An Post previously increased its prices from 55c to 60c in March in 2013, which represents a 23.6% increase in just 17 months.
The 2014 increase also raises the 'airmail' stamp from 90c to €1 (100c).
Since the launch of the by now infamous euro currency in 2002, when a 38c stamp posted your letter to ROI, the UK & EU, there has been an increase in the cost of this service of 263% !
The huge parcel postage increases will ruin many online businesses & this has still not stopped 'An Post' continuing to run down it already basic services, closing rural post offices, removing isolated or village post boxes etc..
Update:: NEW POSTAGE STAMPS PRICE INCREASE 2015
''New domestic rate of 70c still well below EU Average. USO must be put on a sustainable footing'''.
An Post website propaganda - 'Following a review of pricing by An Post, rates for postal services will increase from Wednesday 1st July, 2015.
The standard domestic letter rate for items up to 100g within Ireland will increase from 68c to 70c while the standard international letter rate up to 100g will increase from €1.00 to €1.05.
Despite the increase, An Post’s rates will remain among the lowest in the EU 15 countries including Britain, Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands and well below the EU domestic average of 77c (comparison table attached)'
Once again another price increase for postage stamps, this represents a rise of 11.66% on the August 2014 rate (just eleven months earlier)
Since 2002 (euro currency launch) we have seen the Irish postal rates increased by 276% for airmail letters, almost a three fold increase & during a period of low or very low inflation.
Note: The average rate of inflation in Ireland in 2015 is now minus -0.42 %
NEW POSTAGE STAMPS PRICE INCREASE 2016
Once again as and from from 21st July 2016, another large inflation busting Postal Charges incresse
More analysis & comment to follow.............
Name & Shame !
In the 1960s & 1970s many fine buildings were demolished by agencies of the state such as the irish land commission, all in the name of 'progress' & it has to be said in other names also. This destruction included repairing old stone bridge walls when damaged, with concrete, removing old cast-iron road signs etc etc. The last twenty years saw an emphasis on development & modernisation which has caused immense & irreparable damage to the fabric of towns & villages throughout Ireland. This philosophy clearly still exists despite the growing awarenessa of heritage, & its importance to the enconomy.
Where rural post office fittings are concerned nothing will survive unless properly protected by law - as pillarboxes now seem to be..
images will be posted below of these dreadful modern square steel post boxes which are being used throughout the country.when a quality cast-iron replica pillarbox could have been used as happens in the UK.
These examples are being sold to private householders also
Here is a fine example of what can be done, an outsourced G V Pillarbox which has been restored & installed in beautiful Inistioge village Co Kilkenny. IMAGE One.
Thank you for Viewing
IRISH STEEL POST BOXES
An example in paulstown village co. Kilkenny
Loughboy Shopping Centre, Kilkenny City 'Post box'
Purcellsinch, Carlow Road Kilkenny 'Post box' with rusting last collection information plate
Hebron Industrial estate Kilkenny steel 'Post box 'Image One Stoneyford village, Co Kilkenny 'Post box' Image One Steel Type Post Box, Ninemilehouse village Co Tipperary Image One Modern Steel Post Box, in Gowran Village Co Kilkenny - Image One