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Postcard for 'Albert, Carndonagh, Ireland' no problem for Donegal postmen

The postcard from St Louis, Missouri delivered to Albert Doherty in Donegal 
Seamus McKinney

A POSTCARD posted in the US six days ago has been delivered successfully despite being addressed only to “Albert, Carndonagh, Ireland.”

The Republic’s postal service, An Post delivered the postcard to former school principal and Sinn Fein councillor, Albert Doherty on Wednesday after it was posted from Missouri on December 4.

The postcard was one of two sent with minimal addresses to Inishowen from Donegal’s sister city, St Louis. Carndonagh publican, Pat Kelly received a message addressed to “Pat, the Diamond, Carndonagh” from the same source.

Mr Doherty said the postcards were sent from St Louis officials who visited Carndonagh earlier this year.

“I was delighted and my sons and wife were really pleased.

“I’d like to pay tribute to An Post as well for all their work. Going into the Christmas season, I’m sure some postal staff will be getting grief but it’s only right to praise the good job they do,” he said.

Mr Doherty said An Post’s task may have been made more difficult if the sender had included his surname. There are so many Dohertys living in north Inishowen that most are known by their nicknames. The former schoolteacher is one of the Doherty Oregans.

It’s not the first time Inishowen postal staff have overcome address difficulties. In July, a letter was delivered correctly to: “Your man Henderson, that boy with the glasses who is doing a PhD up here at Queen’s in Belfast. Buncrana, County Donegal, Ireland.”

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