Andrew McGinley and his now deceased children Conor, Carla and Darragh; boxes of correspondence sent to Andrew
Andrew McGinley, whose three children were found dead in their Dublin home in January, is continuing to receive correspondence following an appeal for letters last Friday.
He wrote that he was struggling with isolation and appealed for letters.
This morning, he tweeted a fresh picture of boxes from An Post containing hundreds of letters, and said:
“Is it too late to set up a rota for writing to me??? Thank you all. This has been so uplifting for me and I will read every one of them.”
Previously: ‘I Possibly Should Have Thought This Through’
Can You Write To Andrew?
You got to be free.
“I love Ireland. Free to post anywhere in Ireland send someone a few words of encouragement.”
Related: Coronavirus: All Irish households to get two postcards to send for free (The Irish Times)
A new set of stamps celebrating the Irish Abroad designed by Dublin-based ZeroG is now available.
Via An Post:
Three of the stamps feature common themes of emigration: a photo of people gathering in ‘The Galtymore Dancehall’ in Cricklewood, London showing the importance of Irish Centres and Irish hubs to the emigrant community.
An image of suitcases at Dublin Airport (1969) capturing the common experience of people leaving Ireland.
A detail from the painting ‘Emigrants letter and envelope, 1988’ by Geraldine O’Reilly representing communication with home and the importance of staying in touch.
Two other ‘N’ stamps feature a gallery of Irish people who have made an impact on the world from the 1800s right up to the present, each of whom has emigrated and made a contribution in their own sphere of excellence: Dame Kathleen Lonsdale (Scientist), Richard Harris (Actor) and Patrick Sarsfield Gilmore (Musician) and Edna O’Brien (Author), Fr. Michael J Kelly (Priest/Aid Worker) and Mary Elmes (Humanitarian) featuring on another stamp.
A 2015 stamp from An Post celebrating Irish animation created by Dublin-based Vermillion Design
I gladly repeeled, recycled and reused a number of unfranked stamps received over the Christmas period.
I’m thrilled that the little postage stamp gets another outing and hopefully brings joy to its recipient.
As more post offices are closing in our areas, the unfranked stamp can come in handy. We are all about recycling these days. We are being encouraged to reuse our coffee cups, our plastic bags, so why not add to the list the humble stamp.
Unfranked stamps (Irish Times letters page)
At the Aviva Stadium in Dublin.
Ireland’s fly-half Johnny Sexton and Ireland’s rugby head coach Joe Schmidt – pictured with Chief Executive of An Post and David McRedmond (third pic) – were revealed as the faces of a two-stamp set celebrating Irish rugby ahead of the Rugby World Cup in Japan.
The €1 limited edition stamps were created by Irish design house Zinc Design Consultants and are on sale at post offices, Dublin’s GPO and online at irishstamps.ie.
Pics: Maxwell Photography
An Post and artist Dorothy Smith mark the legacy of US tycoon Andrew Carnegie whose Carnegie Foundation built libraries across the world including Ireland (above), with a new ‘book’ of stamps.
Honouring the Carnegie Libraries in Ireland (An Post)
RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta’s journalist Marion Ní Shúilleabháin brought the error to the attention of An Post in a tweet to which they replied with an apology and stated that arrangements had been made to ensure an error of this type wouldn’t happen again.
Crash landing: An Post misspell the moon as Gaeilge (RTÉ)
Dublin city centre.
Rainblow wrapped An Post postboxes ahead of this weekend’s Pride festivities.
The above letter was delivered to a resident of Dublin 7.
The letter reads:
A Television Licence Inspector visited the above address in order to ascertain if there was a Television Set on the premises under Section 146 (4) of the Broadcasting Act 2009*.
The Inspector received no co-operation when visiting your premises. In circumstances such as these where an Inspector has grounds to believe that there is an unlicensed television set/apparatus on the premises he/she is authorised to obtain a Search Warrant to assist his/her enquiries under Schedule 2 Section 8-1 of the Broadcasting Act 2009*.
Futhermore Schedule 2 Section 8-1-(c)* authorises the TV Licence Inspector to seize and take away all or any part of such apparatus, and these confiscated items may be used as evidence in any prosecution brought….
The recipient writes:
This is new. A notification of a search warrant for no TV licence. I haven’t, and nobody I know has, ever seen this before. It’s weird. I sent them a strongly worded ‘come around and look around and go fupp yourselves’ as I don’t own a TV at all.
The rest of the letter detailing referring to the sections that have an asterisk (see comments)
*Section 146 (4) “And officer of an issuing agent may request any person on the premises or at the place where he or she finds a television set or evidence of such to produce the television licence for the time being in force in respect of the premises or specified place for inspection by the officer”.
*Schedule 2 – Section 8 (1) “A judge of the District Court may, upon the information on oath of an officer of the appropriate authority or of a member of the Garda Siochana that there is reasonable ground for believing that apparatus for wireless telegraphy is being kept or is being worked or used at any specified place, specified vehicle or in any specified ship or other vessel in contravention of the Wireless Telegraphy Acts 1926 to 2009 or any regulation made or condition imposed under those Acts or the Broadcasting (Offences) Acts 1968 to 2009, issue to such officer or (with the consent of the appropriate authority) to such member of the Garda Siochana (as the case may be) a search warrant.”
*Schedule 2 Section 8 (1) (c) to seize and take away all or any part of such apparatus which appears to such officer or member to be kept, worked or used in contravention of the Wireless Telegraphy Acts 1926 to 2009 or any regulation made or condition imposed under those Acts or the Broadcasting (Offences) Acts 1968 to 2009.