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A day in the life: Des Culleton, DPD driver

Des Culleton (53) has been a DPD driver for two years. Before that, he had an office-based job as an operations manager in a freight-forwarding company. He lives in Donabate, Dublin, with his wife and their three grown-up children

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DPD driver Des Culleton. Picture by Mark Condren

DPD driver Des Culleton. Picture by Mark Condren

DPD driver Des Culleton. Picture by Mark Condren

I get up at 4am. At this stage, I’m well used to it. Sometimes I wake before the alarm. My wife doesn’t hear a thing. I’ve always been an early riser. It’s still dark at 4am, but around 5am it gets a bit brighter. It’s harder to get up when it’s cold. Once I get my coffee, I’m a morning person. It’s too early for breakfast, so I grab a sandwich later on.

I arrive at the DPD warehouse in Rosemount Business Park. When we get in, the trailers are on site. They come from the sorting office — the depot in Athlone. As the packages come off the trailer, we sort out ones that come off the belt. I have all the packages for my particular area down on the floor ready to scan. That takes about two-and-a-half hours.


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