Etiquettes, Registry, Dublin PO

The Registry etiquette is a small piece of gummed paper (newer ones were self-stick) that indicates that the item is registered, the name or code of the post office where it was registered, and the registration number. This is generally a simple R, the post office name, and a number. (Figure 1)

With the large number of post offices in the Dublin Postal District (116 as of 1982) and the vast amount of registered mail going from and to governmental offices, a modified version of the name was used. The code DN (xxx) where xxx is the number for a specific office or agency applying the registration. (Figure 2). A second type with the DN omitted exists. (Figure 2A). A later version exists with B.A.C. The typeface used also varies. Mail handled through the O’Connell Street GPO lacks a number after the Dublin.

Life is not always simple, Langton notes one office used a blank etiquette (Rutland St), and three offices (Finglas, Rathfarnam, and Silveracre) used their own names instead of numbers. TABLE 1 contains the information developed by Langton, op. cit., supplemented with the referenced feedback to the 1982 article, and info from author’s collection. As can be seen, there are still a number of blanks which might be either unused or unknown locations or government agencies.

The older system worked generally well; however, newer types of registry labels without PO names or numbers appeared around 1994. These, however, contained a unique number, a bar code and a pull-off self-stick label in case the item is undelivered. Several versions are known. (Figures 3A & 3B, 4A & 4B, and 5A & 5B). The small sticker is normally placed on the face and the larger one placed on the reverse side. More recent labels from 2013 and 2016 are seen in figures 6 & 7 with the bottom portion bearing the number removed for use in control documents.. The barcode allows rapid and accurate scanning of the information, and renders the need for specific post office identification irrelevant since the registration information is stored on a central computer file rather than a ledgers in a specific offices.

tification irrelevant since the registration information is stored on a central computer file rather than a ledgers in a specific offices. TABLE 1

DUBLIN PO Numbers
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
#
Location
#
Location
#
Location
#
Location
1
St Andrew St
70
Merrion
139
 
208
 
2
James St
71
Mobhi Rd
140
 
209
 
3
Phibsboro
72
Church St
141
 
210
 
4
North Wall
73
Somerset St
142
 
211
PO Official
5
Portobello Bridge
74
Millstown
143
 
212
Greenies Rd
6
Ballsbridge
75
Dollymount
144
Lisadell Ave
213
 
7
South Anne St
76
Windy Arbour
145
 
214
 
8
Dames St
77
Artane
146
 
215
Finglas
9
Captains Rd Crumlin
78
Annamoe Rd
147
 
216
 
10
Westmoreland St
79
 
148
Defence Official
217
 
11
Merrion Row
80
Crumlin
149
Social Welfare Official
218
 
12
Leinster St
81
 
150
 
219
 
13
Harcourt Rd
82
PO Official
151
Paymaster General
220
Social Serv Official
14
Rathmines
83
Industry Official
152
 
221
Phillipsburgh Ave
15
Clare St
84
 
153
 
222
Rathmines
16
23 Pearse St
85
Army Remount
154
 
223
 
17
Lr Baggot St
86
PO Official
155
 
224
 
18
Capel St
87
Public Works
156
Upr Ballyfermot
225
Shanliss Rd
19
Upr Baggot St
88
 
157
 
226
 
20
Upr Ormond Quay
89
Land Commission
158
 
227
 
21
Talbot St
90
 
159
 
228
 
22
Harcourt Rd
91
 
160
S. King St
229
 
23
Aungier St
92
 
161
 
230
 
24
Ranelagh
93
Land Registry
162
In Use Official
231
Navan Rd
25
Parkgate St
94
 
163
 
232
 
26
72 Pearse St
95
Local Govt Official
164
 
233
 
27
 
96
Irishtown
165
 
234
Bluebell
28
Parnell t
97
Killester
166
Official (Industry)
235
Rialto
29
Upr Clansbeassil St
98
 
167
 
236
Upr Drumcorda
30
Lr Leeson St
99
 
168
 
237
 
31
Thomas St
100
PO Philatelic Bureau
169
 
238
 
32
Rathgar
101
Andrews St
170
 
239
 
33
Upr Leeson St
102
 
171
 
240
Santry
34
Lr Mount St(Companies Off)
103
Rathmines
172
 
241
Ballyfermot
35
Granby Row
104
PO Official
173
 
242
Wlins Town
36
Manor St
105
 
174
 
243
 
37
Camden St
106
PO Official
175
Upr Rutland St
244
 
38
Gardiners Row
107
Ballygall Rd E
176
 
245
 
39
Fairview
108
PO Official
177
 
246
 
40
Upr Kevin St
109
 
178
 
247
 
41
Lr Dorset St
110
 
179
 
248
Templehogue
42
Inchicore
111
 
180
 
249
 
43
North Strand
112
 
181
 
250
 
44
Infirmary Rd
113
 
182
 
251
Carberry Rd
45
Sheriff St
114
Harold's Cross Rd
183
 
252
Churchtown
46
Benburb St
115
Roebuck
184
Ballymun Ave
253
Perrystown
47
Morehampton Rd
116
 
185
 
254
 
48
Drumcondra Rd
117
 
186
 
255
 
49
Donnybrook
118
 
187
 
256
Shantalla Rd
50
Whitehall Terr Clontarf
119
Cabra
188
Gaeltacht Park
 
 
51
Usher's Quay
120
 
189
Fassaugh Avee
283
Bank of ireland
52
Ringsend
121
Harmonstown
190
 
294
Dublin City Council
53
Sandymount
122
 
191
PO Official
 
 
54
High St
123
Labor Official
192
 
IR1
Revenue Official
55
North King St
124
 
193
 
IR2
Revenue Official
56
Church Rd
125
Dept Education
194
 
IR3
 
57
Berkeley Rd
126
 
195
Dept Industry Official
IR4
Revenue Official
58
Harold's Cross
127
 
196
 
IR5
Revenue Official
59
Dolphin's Barn
128
 
197
 
IR6
 
60
Islandbridge
129
Defence Official
198
Cappagh
IR7
Revenue Official
61
Dunville Ave
130
Dundrum
199
 
 
 
62
Russell St
131
Galtymore
200
 
RL13
Post Office Official
63
Marino
132
 
201
Botanic Rd
R.L.S.
PO Returned Letter
64
Kimmage Rd
133
 
202
 
 
 
65
Kilmainham
134
 
203
Finglass East
 
 
66
Terenure
135
Donnycarey
204
 
 
 
67
Drumcondra Rd
136
PO Official
205
 
 
 
68
Cork St
137
 
206
 
 
 
69
St Johns Terr Clontarf
138
 
207
Drimnagh
 
 

 

REFERENCES:

"Dublin Post Office Numbers", Langton, N.J., Irish Philately, December 1982.

Letters to the Editor", Dixon, F.E., Irish Philately, June 1983.

Letters to the Editor", Dixon, F.E., Irish Philately, September 1983.

Irish Postmarks Since 1840, Mackay, J.A., publish by author, 1982.

"This Was The Year That Was", Warren, B., The Revealer, various years.

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