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Christmas is getting closer and we can’t quite believe the most wonderful time of the year is upon us.

The holidays are all about spending time with your nearest and dearest, but some of our loved ones will be spending Christmas away from the Emerald Isle this year.

The best friend in New York, the cousin in Australia and the brother in London can’t be forgotten so we’ve made sure to send them something from home this Christmas.

If you’re planning on sending the annual box of Tayto to your big brother in New Zealand or posting a care package to your bestie in Glasgow then keep note of the final posting dates for 2019.

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An Post have confirmed the dates and you better hurry up because the final posting dates for the USA is December 6.

Check out the full list below:

Republic of Ireland:

Standard Post Letters – December 20

Standard Post Parcels- December 20

Registered Post – December 20

Express Post – December 21

Northern Ireland:

Standard Post Letters – December 20

Standard Post Parcels- December 20

Registered Post – December 20

Express Post – December 21

United Kingdom:

Standard Post Letters – December 19

Standard Post Parcels- December 19

Registered Post – December 19

International Courier Service – December 19


Standard Post Letters – December 19

Standard Post Parcels- December 13

Registered Post – December 16

International Courier Service – December 19


Standard Post Letters – December 10

Standard Post Parcels- December 6

Registered Post – December 6

International Courier Service – December 19

Rest of World:

Standard Post Letters- December 6

Standard Post Parcels- December 6

Registered Post- December 6

International Courier Service- December 19

There will be no mail collection on December 24. There will also be no collection or delivery on December 27.



An Post has today launched its Click&Post online sending & online returns service. The new digital service is a quick and easy way to buy postage online, whether posting a single parcel, sending lots of packages, or returning unwanted purchases.

Click and Post allows customers to print off a label at home or download it directly to their phone for printing at the post office, then simply drop off their item at any post office or parcel locker.

The launch of Click & Post also marks a parcel price reduction for sending to the UK and Ireland, with prices reduced as much as 30 percent to the UK when sending larger items, making it easier and cost effective to Send Love this Christmas and all year round.

Click & Post eliminates the stress of posting small and large packages all over the world with its fool proof step by step guide to help users calculate their postage costs. The handy weight guide will help users match everyday household items with weight bands.

  • Two litres of milk is the guide for a 2kg package
  • If you’re finding it hard to gauge 150g, look no further than your smartphone
  • A can of soda weighs 390g which is the same as a man’s woollen scarf or a shirt
  • A bottle of wine weighs 1.25kg (remember that liquids do not make the cut for international postage!) this is about the same as a large hardback book
  • A small jar of jam weighs 340g and is about the same as a pair of ladies slippers.

 As well as the weight guide, An Post also has some top tips for packing and preparing parcels to ensure that your package gets to its destination safely and without delay. A  return address in the top left hand corner is essential on every parcel and is even more important at Christmas time, so that if for some reason your parcel can’t be delivered, An Post can get it back to you safely.  

Some other tips, which may seem obvious but are often forgotten including:

  • Remember to use proper packing tape – and watch those sharp edges, best wrap any pointy items in a layer tissue paper and use extra tape on the corners.
  • Always use block capitals when handwriting addresses this festive season

An Post Click & Post also makes returning online shopping even faster and easier. With the new service, users can book a return and choose to have their item collected or drop it off at their local post office or parcel locker, all through the online portal.

Speaking about the An Post Click & Post service, Garrett Bridgeman, Managing Director, An Post Mails and Parcels said, “An Post’s Click & Post is a new online service, designed to meet the needs of customers’ daily lives. It is is an incredibly user-friendly service that makes posting and returning packages even easier for our customers. We know that this new online option will relieve a little bit of stress for our personal and small business customers, giving them some valuable time back, especially in the busy weeks ahead.”

Find out more about Posting for Your World with An Post Click & Post by visiting www.anpost.com/post-parcels/click-and-post


A gorgeous and powerfully vivid collection of essays written by Emilie Pine has won the An Post Book of the Year for 2018.

Notes to Self sees Pine writing on a variety of important moments in her life, including sexual assault, fertility problems, sexism in the academia sector, feminism, depression and addiction.

Published by Tramp Press, the book has been widely read around Ireland since it's publication, and has deeply resonated especially with women nationwide who relate to the stark and emotional work.

Emilie tweeted her joy at hearing the news, writing on Twitter: "Delighted and honoured to win Book of the Year 2018….Thank you to everyone who voted."

She also paid tribute to Tramp Press for commissioning the work, which tugged at the heartstrings of Irish women and men nationwide with it's brutal and visceral honesty.

The An Post Irish Book of the Year 2018 was handpicked by a public vote from a list of category winners which were recently announced at the An Post Irish Book Awards.

The esteemed prize boasts previous winners such as John Crowley's Atlas of the Irish Revolution, written with Donal Ó Drisceoil, Mike Murphy and Dr. John Borgonovo, Solar Bones by Mike McCormack, Academy Street by Mary Costello, The Spinning Heart by Donal Ryan, Belinda McKeon's Solace, Staring at Lakes by Michael Harding and Asking For It by Louise O'Neill.

Chairperson of the An Post Irish Book Awards Maria Dickenson said; “Emilie Pine’s Notes to Self was one of the great stories in Irish bookselling in 2018 and I’m delighted that the voting public has chosen it as the An Post Book of the Year."

"The power and honesty of Emilie’s essays have captivated readers, and it’s truly gratifying both to see her talent rewarded and to see an Irish publisher like Tramp Press receive this well-deserved recognition," she continued.

Readers of the book couldn't put the engrossing work down. David McRedmond, CEO of An Post, commented on Emilie's wonderful win,

“2018 was a huge year for Irish writing and no book illustrates better why An Post is delighted to sponsor the Irish Book Awards: Emilie Pine’s book, a challenging read, is deeply human and Irish, emotional and clever. An Post thanks all the voters for engaging with the Awards in such large numbers.”

The An Post Irish Book Awards celebrate and promote Irish writing to a wide range of readers, bringing together a massive community who are passionate about writing. Readers, authors, booksellers, publishers and librarians unite to recognise Irish talent.

Congratulations to Emilie on her deserved achievement, we can't wait to consume her next piece of beautiful and fearless writing.



Tayto lovers, listen up!

The makers of Ireland's favourite snack have just announced the launch of a new online shop and home delivery service – offering plush toys, cosy jumpers and of course, all the crisps you could ever wish for.

Teaming up with An Post, Tayto has promised that the virtual store will be up and running all year round so you can stock up on your favourite flavour in time for birthdays and 'Crispmas'.

Customers can order a special treat for themselves or a loved one for delivery anywhere around the country, while those who wish to send a package overseas can do so from their local post office.

Carol McCaghy, Senior Brand Manager for Tayto, said: “We are delighted to offer online sales within Ireland. We saw high demand for our merchandise and crisps at our pop up shops; this coupled with the growth of online shopping made it inevitable for us to enter this arena.

“Mr. Tayto is very excited to offer this service and we hope to expand our offerings and shipping areas in the future.”

Gilles Ferrandez, Commercial Director Parcels, An Post said “What a great present to receive in the mail this Christmas! We’ll make sure these precious Tayto gifts reach loved ones near and far safely.

“It’s best to get ordering early and to leave plenty of time for posting Tayto onwards to family and friends, in good time for Christmas.”

We'll never be short of a crisp sandwich ever again. 



Some glorious news, online shoppers.

It has been reported that 500 postmen and women will start delivering parcels to Irish homes and businesses on Saturdays.

An Post are breaking tradition with the hopes they can capture a bigger share of the online shopping market. 

It is expected that about 20,000 parcels will be delivered every Saturday, which is pretty darn impressive – oh, and it's starting tomorrow. 

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According to The Irish Times, postal staff and their unions have agreed to these new and exciting working hours, that will involve them delivering parcels on Saturdays and weekday evenings.

This new arrangement is part of an aggressive drive by An Post to double its share of this market to "50 percent by 2021 and is backed up by an €8 million investment that includes an upgrade of its IT systems and a major advertising campaign".

An Post made an operating loss of €13.7 million last year and its chief executive, David McRedmond, has warned that its losses would rise if no action were taken to reshape the business.



Hands up how many of you send post on the regular?

No hands? Thought so. Unless it's a thoughtful birthday card, a wedding invite or something *~businessy~*, we rarely send cards or letters anymore.

Sad, but true.


However, An Post is really trying to stay in with the cool kids lately as it has begun to sell emoji stamps.

Nope, this isn't some April Fool's joke. About two weeks ago the company released the stamps along with the words, 'Don't Worry Be Happy' written in both English and Irish.

We're not sure how to feel about this…

If you fancy purchasing a few, you can check out An Post's website.



It has been reported that some rural counties may be losing their post offices.

An Post is currently looking to save money after losing around €12m a year from its branch network.

There are currently 1,300 post offices around the country, and according to the Irish Independent, the company is looking at closing around 80 locations.

However, the publication claims that this is just one cost-saving route the company may go down, and management is currently reviewing its research.





Post boxes in Dublin are causing a stir: they've been swapped from their usual emerald green to a shade of shocking red.

But before you assume that the British are taking over – it's now been confirmed that the colour change is to mark the forthcoming 1916 Rising centenary. 

An Post made the changes under the cover of darkness last night, with Dublin commuters being greeted by the transformation this morning.

It's all part of the plan to bring us all "closer to the streets of 1916 Dublin". 

"At various locations across Dublin, painted red post boxes become beacons for the events they witnessed a hundred years ago," An Post has revealed. 

Red post boxes can currently be seen on Grafton Street, at the Royal College Of Surgeons, Mount Street, Dun Laoghaire, and Liberty Hall.

Four more will emerge next weekend, with the final one cropping up at the end of April.

All of them represent a fascinating "lesser known" story of the Rising – like the one of the 12-year-old boy shot stealing an orange on Grafton Street – the details of which are available on 1916.anpost.ie

Twitter was predictably bemused in response, with many users praising the decision. Others, however, were less impressed, likening the move to vandalism. 



We would imagine that all postal services get extremely busy in the run up to Christmas as we all try to wish our nearest and dearest a very merry festive season.

So you might forgive the postman for deciding that he has got no time for the post card arrived from America with not even half an address. 

The post card failed to include the surname of the recipient, the county name or even a street name. 

Instead, it simply read: "Albert, Carndonagh, Ireland." 

And whatever you might say about the Irish postal service, An Post did not give up on this one. 

The writer obviously assumed that Ireland was small enough that surely someone would know who Albert in Carndonagh was. 

And well, they were actually right. 

According to the Donegal Now, the card was intended for Sinn Fein councillor Albert Downey who is thankfully rather well known in the community. 

The card reads: "Greetings from across the pond Albert! Wanted to wish you a very grand day! Your Sister Cities Friends!"

We reckon in the Carndonagh post office deserves a raise. 



The Irish postal service has issued a warning today advising customers not to send any letters or parcels until further notice.

A strike today will affect An Post’s mail sorting centres across the country, although Post Office retail services will not be affected.

Post will also not be collected from business today.

Staff of IO Systems management, the company responsible for maintaining mail sorting equipment at the sorting centres, are striking today over pay and rostering issues.

A new rostering arrangement could see a pay cut of as much as 22% for some staff, with many placed on non-rotating night shifts for the rest of their time at the company.

The strike is expected to last for two weeks, and for now An Post are warning people not to post anything until advised otherwise.

A statement from the postal service said today: "An Post greatly regrets this inconvenience to our customers and urges the parties involved to resolve their differences through the normal industrial relations procedures."



We Irish love a good old moan. In fact, we absolutely adore it.

Any public service, every government decision, every piece of mail that's lost.

But it's safe to say, after seeing this, we will never say a bad word about An Post again. 

As detailed in the genius This Blog Delivers, one ambitious individual recently decided to REALLY put our mailing service to the test.

Indeed, they have already sent several different letters, each with confusingly cryptic addresses – all to see what the good folk at the GPO would be able (or bothered) to deliver.

And the results are hilariously impressive…


A dice with one line of the address on each side. An Post delivered it two days later. 


They also delivered this letter where the address could only be read by looking in a mirror…


The sender said that this jigsaw address was delivered along with "a polite note explaining why they opened it. That is horribly impressive." Yes, yes it is.


The delivery people had to pull the arrows to reveal the address. It arrived at its terminus the next morning. 


Could An Post really be bothered to solve a crossword to discover this letter's chosen destination? Yep; they sure did – it was delivered.  


And so it should be fairly unanimously acknowledged… An Post is officially up for the craic.