Tramore’s Post Office ~ Gatherings from Ireland # 8

The Post Office, Tramore, Co. Waterford
The Post Office, Tramore, Co. Waterford

The local Post Office is a real social hub in Ireland. Here in Tramore, the post office is located right in the heart of the town. It is always buzzing and there is a great air of friendliness and camaraderie.  I’m always delighted when there’s a bit of a queue because this is a place where people chat and the banter can be brilliant, especially when a few of the town’s  ‘characters’  arrive in at the same time.  Sean, the Postmaster,  is a helpful as they come and has a word for everyone ~ local or visitor.

It is quite amazing to think of all the letters and parcels that arrive and depart from what is such a small physical space. When you think about it, Tramore’s Post Office, like those all over the country, brings all parts of the world together.  There’s something really special about the Post Office at Christmas time. People bearing parcels, lovingly wrapped, and there’s plenty of evidence that ‘real’ Christmas Cards are alive and well.

Author: socialbridge

I am a sociologist and writer from Ireland. I have worked as a social researcher for 30 years and have had a lifelong passion for writing. My main research interests relate to health care and sense of place.

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