Post Office People tell their stories at Clonmel exhibition

Post Office People

Kathryn and Michael Kiely, Mary and Michael Walsh were at the County Museum in Clonmel at the Post Office People exhibition launch.

Staff present and future of the General Post Office in Clonmel are featured in Post Office People, the current exhibition at the County Museum in Clonmel.

It features large scale photographic portraits, combined with audio stories as told by the people themselves.

From the early days of the Posts and Telegraphs (P and T) right up to the present day, their experiences exemplify the importance of the postal service in our everyday lives. 

Above - At the opening of the exhibition Post Office People at the County Museum in Clonmel were, from left, Brendan Nyhan, president of Clonmel Rotary Club; Eimear King, project co-ordinator; Declan Dunphy, postman; Marie McMahon, Museum Curator and Luke Byrne, postman. 

They also give an insight into the often deep connections forged between these post office staff and the public they meet every day.

Illustrated through the wonderful archive images of Donal Wylde (former Nationalist photographer and RTE cameraman) with portraits by Eimear King, this exhibition captures the memories, friendships and human experiences of the subjects. 

It features many faces familiar to the people of Clonmel and its environs.

Above -  Bill Carey, postman; Marie McMahon, Museum Curator; Michael Walsh, postman and Joe MacGrath, CEO of Tipperary County Council at the launch of the exhibition Post Office People.

The exhibition has been organised as part of the museum's ongoing exhibition A Message in Time. 

The staff featured are Michael Kiely, Bill Carey, Michael Walsh, Luke Byrne, Declan Dunphy, Elaine Cockburn and Irene Gleeson.

Above -  Marie McMahon, Museum Curator; Stephen Ferguson, Secretary of the GPO; Jayne Sutcliffe, Collections Officer and Michael Kiely at the opening of the exhibition Post Office People at the County Museum.