Christmas posting arrangements


The Moment You Send a Card, it’s Christmas

Christmas Posting
With less than four weeks to Christmas Day and up to 10million mail items being posted at peak times,  An Post wants to ensure that your message is delivered to your loved ones on time. Visit your local post office to stock up on stamps, to post best wishes and gifts back home and abroad, before the last dates of posting.

Seasonal Stamps

An Post marks the festive season with promotional booklets of self adhesive Christmas stamps for 13.75, including one free stamp. This year’s two 55c special Christmas stamps depict scenes of the Nativity from a 15th Century, Armenian Gospel Book while the 82c stamp features a  Flemish painting of the Annunciation. All three stamps are designed by Steve Simpson. (Images of the Christmas stamps available on request).

Post early & latest dates

It is always great to get parcels, cards and letters posted well before the Christmas break.  Posting abroad before the latest dates of posting guarantees the item will be delivered on time. The last date for posting letters and parcels to Ireland and Northern Ireland is 19th December, while the last dates for posting to international destinations are:

Ireland                Last dates for parcels 19th December
                          Last dates for letters 19th December

Northern Ireland   Last dates for parcels 19th December
                          Last dates for letters 19th December

Britain                 Last dates for parcels 18th December
                          Last dates for letters 18th December

Europe                Last dates for parcels 11th December
                          Last dates for letters 18th December

USA, Canada, Australia, Israel, New Zealand, Hong Kong, India & Philippines    
                          Last dates for parcels 8th December
                          Last dates for letters 8th December

Rest of the world  Last dates for parcels 4th December
                          Last dates for letters 4th December

Advice for sending parcels

An Post also has some valuable advice for sending parcels:

  • Check the address and postage to avoid having mail delayed or returned
  • Always remember to seal the envelope – it doesn’t cost anything extra
  • Mail to all international destinations should carry a Priority Mail sticker – available at the Post Office
  • Wrap parcels carefully to ensure no sharp edges of photographs, cds/dvs and books cut through paper
  • Parcel delivery - for a guide to online shopping and receiving parcels, visit An Post’s new Online Shopping Directory
An Post Delivers Online Shopping for Irish Businesses

Hundreds of Irish companies are now trading as Etailers on An Post’s new Online Shopping Directory.  The An Post Online Shopping Directory is one of the most comprehensive lists available of online retailers in Ireland. is a shop window to hundreds of online shops and thousands of great gift ideas. This free service from An Post supports online businesses in Ireland and encourages Irish shoppers to do more online, in order to benefit from the many online shopping offers and promotions now available.

The An Post Online Directory is a simple channel for shoppers who want direct access to a broad range of goods, and there is extra value for these shoppers among the site’s promotional offers, from straight-forward discounts to free shipping and consultations. Other consumer benefits include a guide to safe shopping online and top tips about pricing, consumer rights and record keeping, as well as correct addressing and packaging information.

Louise Cronje, An Post Online Shopping Manager  said “We see a trend among our customers at post offices every day, they are seeking better value for money - from paying bills, to personal finance and buying products and services. The Online Shopping Directory is another simple, everyday service from An Post, it is our way of bringing Irish online retailers and those value minded shoppers together.”

Santa’s Letters

An Post has been helping Santa with his Christmas post for over 20 years. An Post’s Chief Elf, Feargal reminds children to get writing that ALL IMPORTANT letter to SANTA as early as possible.  Letters should be addressed to Santa Claus, North Pole.  Santa loves reading the colourful and creative letters he receives from children in Ireland and Chief Elf Feargal asks children to remember to write their name and address clearly so that Santa can reply. But don’t worry if letters are sent to Santa too late for a reply, he will still be visiting on Christmas Eve.