The Start of Post in Ireland
Ireland’s first postal service started over 350 years ago! At first, only rich people and members of the government used it because it was very expensive. The mail was delivered by mail coach but because the roads were very bumpy and full of potholes, it took a very long time.
In 1840, the first stamp was made and it cost one penny. This wasn’t too expensive, so lots of people could afford to use the postal service. This was really great as it meant people who didn’t have much money could stay in touch with each other.