IF you were in any doubt, Irish postmen (and women, obviously) are the best in the world.
Sure, you might think it’s an easy job delivering letters, especially in a country as relatively small as Ireland.
However we’ve all had a piece of mail go missing despite putting the correct postage and a clear address on it.
Which just makes these following feats of postal heroics all the more amazing.
From letters with a map instead of an address to mail addressed (badly) to animals, here are eight times Irish posties delivered.
Life story on the envelope
No name and address? Don’t worry, just put ever other single detail of a person’s life on the envelope and it’ll be sure to reach them.
“You know yer wan, the mother’s Hogan from Castleblakeney,” began the 90-plus word ‘address’, before going into details of how many children and pets the intended recipient had and where she moved to after getting married.
We think the eureka moment for Celsius was the description of the garden: “She has a shrine to the Virgin Mary in the left corner.”
Flattery will get you (and your mail) everywhere
Okay, so you know the name, but not the address. And you’re posting from another country.
Not to worry, just lavish praise on the Irish postie and he’ll sort you out.
Technically that’s a type of street, not a street name, but it didn’t matter. After adding on the envelope that Waterford was “well known for its kindly postmen”, the card arrived successfully.
Just describe what the recipient looks like
Buncrana isn’t the biggest place in the world, but we’re sure there’s more than one person called Henderson that lives there.
The clincher? He added: “That boy with the glasses.”
Draw a map
Some people really like to torment Irish postmen. Dubliner Dave Curran actually writes a blog called Me Versus An Post, where he details how he tests Ireland’s amazing postal staff.
‘Here’ was Hook Lighthouse and the letter was successfully delivered.
Being famous helps
Annalise Murphy may have taken silver at the Rio Olympics but the postman took gold for this delivery.
However specifying ‘Olympic Silver Medallist Rio 2016’ was enough for it to reach the athlete.
Being Taoiseach also helps
It’s not that hard to write a letter to the Taoiseach, just send it c/o Government Buildings.
However he received it at his home address, despite it just including the Dublin suburb where he lives.
Although if you're a postman and the Taoiseach himself is on your postal route, that's something you're probably gonna remember.
Get your goat
We’ve already seen that vague geographical descriptions and details of someone’s pets is a surefire way to ensure your post is delivered.
Luckily the sender specified that it was The Guy With the Goats and Dogs who lives ‘Some Place West of Macroom’ as opposed to the goat herder who lives east of Macroom.
Not human? No problem
Yes, Irish postmen will even deliver a vaguely addressed parcel to animals.
After enlisting the help of a local school, St Annin’s National School, Sam the Cat’s owner was traced and Sam got his parcel.
Probably catnip or string or something