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Tom Sheridan & Lorcan Kiernan

Tom Sheridan & Lorcan Kiernan

Tom Sheridan told me that this photo was taken by a Dublin street photographer, in 1946 or 1947. They had journeyed to Dublin for a match in Crooke Park,  in which Wexford played.

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Goery Echo 1978

Gorey Echo 1978

Sent to me by Tom Sheridan. Tom had the stamp itself until ten years ago, when he lost it in a move of house.

Tom said that this stamp, An tostal, was the first large stamp produced in Ireland. Lorcan,  who was acting Town Clerk in Gorey for one year, decided to test the integrity of the postal system.  He reasoned that it was.  The authority of the stamp that demanded its delivery, therefore if he was to post a stamp on its own the Post Office would be obliged to deliver it.

So, he drew a line down the middle of the back of the stamp and put Tom Sheridan’s address on one side, with the message, “See you on Friday, Pearse (which was his middle name). Tom told me that the stamp was specially delivered to him by a postman, who told him to make sure it never happened again.

The story was picked up by the national press, and subsequently international press, as far away as America and Australia. It was an interesting idea with unforeseen repercussions but obviously Lorcan had too much time on his hands.

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