Michael P. O’Rourke delivers last post after 48 years of service

by Philip Rooney

by Philip Rooney

by Philip Rooney

LAST Friday, April 1 saw Michael P. O’Rourke bid farewell to his colleagues in An Post after a career that has seen him delivering letters and telegrams for the past 48 years.

Michael began working with the company at the age of 14 as a telegram boy and when he reached the age of 18 he was eligible to accept a position as a fully fledged postman. Having rejected offers in Dublin and Co. Clare, Michael was more than happy to accept a position in Carrick-on-Shannon.

Michael recalls during that period there were six duties that were carried out on a rotational basis by the various postmen. Michael remained in Carrick-on-Shannon until the age of 23 when a vacancy arose in Arigna. The Arigna region had originally been served by three postmen but the introduction of motorised transport for postmen meant it was possible for one person to cover the entire area.

During his 38 years working in the Arigna region, Michael became very fond of the place and the people saying, “I love Arigna. The people are very nice and I hope I served them well.”

To read the full story see this week’s Leitrim Observer.