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Fred Johnston writes:

Bernard Carroll rightly laments the replacement of a King George-era post-box at Lower George’s Street, Dublin, with a new one.  With respect, I can go one better.  At the junction of Galway’s High Street and Shop Street, there stood an ancient hexagonal-pillar postbox with a decorative top, dating from the early Victorian era and surely of historic interest. It was damaged a few years ago and never replaced; the pillar was sheared fairly cleanly at the base. The whereabouts of this artefact, which I am certain could be reinstalled and kept in service, is seemingly unknown.So where is it? And why hasn’t it been repaired?

Anyone?

Dispatching Old Post Boxes (Fred Johnston, Irish Times Letters)

Previously: Post-Modern Vandalism

“We Are Proud Of Our Old-Style Post Boxes”

This Is Progress

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Pic via Buildingsofireland.ie

Bernard Carroll writes:

The post box on Lower George’s Street [Dublin] has been replaced with a modern one. This box dated from King George’s time, probably the very person the street was named for, which could be easily discerned from the large letters GR, George Rex, that were part of the box door casting…
…Above where this post box sat are the remnants of the supports for the overhead cables of the old electric tramway, now still serving the public as a bracket for a Garda Síochána CCTV camera.
The architectural heritage of our streets should be cherished for enriching our lives.
In a letter to your paper Barry Whelan, An Post’s director of communications and corporate affairs, gives many reasons for box replacement.
Unfortunately the only reason that appears to fit this act is vandalism, with An Post being the vandal.

Dispatching Old Post Boxes(Bernard Carroll, Irish Times Letters)

Previously: “We Are Proud Of Our Old-Style Post Boxes”

This Is Progress

Pic: ClickKenO4

Before and after. Dartmouth Square, Dublin 6.

You may have been following our reports on the removal of post boxes.

Barney Whelan of An Post writes:

 it is not true that An Post is removing “historic” post boxes by stealth. We have almost 5,000 post boxes nationwide and we are proud of the number of “old style” post boxes still in use throughout the country, some dating back to the 1800s.

Post boxes are constantly relocated and replaced in order to cater for changing posting patterns; to match trends in consumer behaviour and in some cases to counteract repeated vandalism. Equally, they are often moved to locations considered safer for customers in terms of access, parking etc.

Many older post boxes do pose a problem in that they can be difficult and costly to maintain. If the post box locking mechanism or the box itself is damaged, they can, despite our best efforts, sometimes prove impossible to replace. Equally, if we are required to move an old post box, due to roadworks for example, we often find that we cannot re-install the box due to decades of wear and tear.

We know that residents do not always like to lose a nearby postbox, but we have to ensure that boxes are located in positions which best suit the majority of customers and their posting patterns.

Hmm.

Holding On To The Post Boxes (Barney Whelan Irish Times Letters)

Previously: This Is Progress?

Not Amused

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