International Day of Older Persons

The particular contribution made by older people to Irish life and society, in so many different ways, is not always appreciated as it should be and, keen to do its part in marking the International day of older persons, the An Post Museum will open free to everyone on the 1st October with a particular welcome for older visitors. Pictured here, from a book in our archive, is Mattie Fox, who served the people of Longford for over 44 years as a rural postman. His face, no longer young, seems nonetheless to radiate contentment and his hat is set at a suitably jaunty angle reflecting, no doubt, a character and temperament that remained youthful despite the passing years. The role of the postman in the local community, particularly for elderly people, is important and the Friends of the Elderly organisation’s Postman of the Year award is a nice way of recognising the work of postmen and women who go beyond what might be expected of them.

Mattie Fox-1

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