Where It All Began
Long before the telephone, email and Facebook, the only way people could communicate over long distances was through letter writing, with letters being transported by horseback and later still, by mail coach.
In the beginning, only citizens with education and wealth and members of the government used the postal service because it was so expensive.
During the 1700’s the Irish postal system began to develop further and there was real growth in the service when the first stamp was issued in 1840, costing just one penny.
Soon lots of people could afford to use the post and stay in touch with their friends and family or for business purposes.