The Post Office in Ireland
Before cheap postage in 1840, the Post Office in Ireland mainly served the wealthy, the educated and the State itself. With increased literacy and railway transport, however, the post became something open to and appreciated by all.
Its services expanded greatly during Victorian times as it became the principal administrative arm of Government. It maintained a precious link with emigrants, helped people save and send money and brought the wonders of the telegraph and later the telephone to isolated, rural communities.
By the mid twentieth century, the friendly postmistress and the weather-beaten postman were firmly established as the State’s caring face within local communities.