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Saturday 19 August 2017

Top postman's takes 'happy' route on job

Postman, Damien Kinsella, pictured with Maisey Flood who celebrated her 101st birthday yesterday, after he was awarded Friend's of The Elderly's Postman of The Year at Bolton St yesterday.
Postman, Damien Kinsella, pictured with Maisey Flood who celebrated her 101st birthday yesterday, after he was awarded Friend's of The Elderly's Postman of The Year at Bolton St yesterday.

Ireland's Postman of the Year says the secret to his success is going to work happy.

"I don't take anything with me", Damien Kinsella from Portmarnock, Dublin, said.

Mr Kinsella was yesterday presented with his title and a holiday voucher by Maysie Flood, who was celebrating her 101st birthday.

"I'm over the moon. I don't do my job to get the plaudits but it is great to get recognised for what I do," Mr Kinsella said.

When asked what makes a great postman, he asked: "Do postmen become nice guys or do nice guys become postmen?"

Mr Kinsella said that being nice to people was an important part of the job and he often has to go above and beyond the call of duty.

His father and his brother both delivered post for more than 40 years and he said that the postal service has been integral to him since he was a child.

Change

Despite getting up for work at 5am every day he says he would not change anything.

"I go to work happy and I come home happy," he said.

The award was offered in association with Friends of the Elderly who said that a postman calling to the door often provides great comfort to older people.

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