Monaghan ... 

Post Offices & Postmarks

by Klaus Stange




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Where and how to get it




Preface (of the book)

After years of collecting and research a friend and I were able to publish our book “Irish Post Offices and their postmarks 1600 to 1990” in 1990. The book contains more than 470 pages A4 with listings by county of all post offices that have ever been in action on the Irish Island. Mentioned are also the various types of their postmarks. The county listings for Co. Monaghan are shown in Appendix 2a and 2b. As much of its preface and introduction is of use for the understanding of this book they are included here in Appendix 3. 

My own interest in Co. Monaghan arose when I was lucky enough to buy a collection of postmarks and photos in an English auction. This was the late Dr. Brian de Burca’s collection. He had toured the county in 1965 and had tried to find each post office to get a photo and the latest postmark as well as – if possible – some gossip. His findings without the photos were published in “The Revealer”, Vol. XVI No. 2, Whole No. 84, in 1966. This is the quarterly journal of the ÉPA – Éire Philatelic Association – based in the United States. His comments are shown in this book for each post office (PO) under the heading “Brian de Burca 1965”. 

Although I did collect Irish stamps for around 30 years I had never been in Ireland before. My first trip to Ireland took place in 1993 when I visited “STAMPA”, the yearly Irish national stamp exhibition in Dublin at the beginning of November. One day was planned for a short trip to the Head Post Office in Monaghan. When I saw several post offices on my way I stopped, took photos and got postmarks. Showing the old photos from 1965 opened doors and hearts. It was already dark when I headed back from Monaghan to Dublin. I decided to look for a B & B in Carrickmacross. It was Tom and Sue Hanratty and their kindness and hospitality that made me come back hence each and every year until 2002. I visited every post office and I found even those Dr. de Burca missed in 1965. Ask any of the post masters or post mistresses. They will remember the German guy who asked for postmarks and postal history. 

My collection of Co. Monaghan material grew in the same time to a fair extent. That is why I decided to prepare this book. I know it is far from being complete, especially as far as the history of the various offices is concerned. I am aware that I am living a bit too far off the road. Perhaps anyone else who lives in Co. Monaghan can undertake the task to gather the local postal history. If I may be of any help please do not hesitate to contact me. 

Klaus Stange, Belm-Vehrte, August 2005