Thursday 23 November 2017

UK Post puzzled by 'Gaelic' mail

Chris Parkin

Difficulties generated for British mail staff by letters with addresses written as Gaeilge were spelled out in exchanges between the UK Post Office and the Ordnance Survey Office in 1980.

An article that appeared in Britain's Post Office Gazette puzzled the map-makers in Dublin. It said problems had been caused in the recent past, "particularly at Crewe", by an increase in the number of items destined for the Irish Republic and "bearing Gaelic addresses".

The publication made the point that the trend was contrary to Post Office regulations, and urged that "the correct postal addresses" should be used where possible.

In a follow-up letter, the UK Post Office said mail would be delivered more quickly when addressed "in a readily understandable form for the ease of sorting by our staff".

Pointing out that Crewe dealt with a lot of Irish mail, the Post Office stressed: "It is for this reason only that we recommend the English form of address."

Irish Independent

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