Postal Robbery

Postal Robbery


During the Civil War, the IRA used to rob post offices and some time the mail was marked as having been in a robbery. After An Post took over as the Irish postal administration they used a cachet that was numbered for all Dublin robberies. However, with the number rising into the teens after a few year the number was dispensed with and the cachet as shown below was applied.



1998 Dublin Postal Robbery

Cover involved in a mail robbery was marked with the 'DELAYED MAIL' handstamp and then enclosed
in a 'Dublin Postal District' applied heat sealed plastic sleeve as an 'Ambulance Cover'


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Last Update: 10 December 2005

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