Friday, January 07, 2011

Irish Posties Get New Uniforms reports, "After years of military-style uniforms with peaked caps, shirts and ties, the postmen and women of Ireland will don “workwear” to deliver the post. And for the first time in the history of the postal service, knees may be visible.Launched yesterday at the GPO, the new An Post uniform will be worn from today. It includes knee-length shorts for warm summer days as well as steel-toed boots with crampons to deal with snowy winters."

According to reporter Fiona Gartland, "Looking like a delivery man from an American sitcom, Keith Lally shivered in the summer outfit yesterday, with shorts, short-sleeve shirt and baseball cap. The 19-year-old postman said staff were pleased with the uniforms."

Keith is also quoted as saying,  “They are much more practical. The old trousers were brutal; they had no pockets for our scanners and weren’t practical at all."

Practicality, weight and the ability to machine wash were all factors considered in the design, a spokeswoman from An Post said.

Shown above, An Post staff model the new-look uniforms outside the GPO in Dublin.

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posted by Don Schilling at 12:01 AM