Mail coaches pulled by horses were first used to deliver the mail but because Ireland’s roads were in such a bad state, the journeys would take weeks and weeks.
This all changed when the first railway line was built in Ireland in 1834. Soon trains took over as the main form of transport and from 1891 to 1994, the Travelling Post Office was set up on trains all over the country. They could also sort the mail on the trains, making it a much safer and quicker way of delivering the mail.
But times have moved on and today, trains are no longer used to deliver the mail. Instead, trucks, vans and bikes collect and deliver it to homes and businesses all over the country.