Homing pigeons provide a fast and reliable delivery service for a Wexford company during postal dispute.
Driver Harris a New Ross company return to an older form of communication when post and telephone services are affected by a dispute at the Department of Posts and Telegraphs.
The pigeon express began when the New Ross pigeon club came to the aid of Driver Harris, a local company which manufactures electrical cable. Unable to send and receive letters to their head office in Dublin, and faced with the option of someone having to send a van down to New Ross and back every day, they chose the racing pigeon as an alternative.
The pigeons are taken by lorry to the company’s head office in Dublin, and they bring the orders back, written on airmail paper, to New Ross. It takes them about two and a half hours to fly from Dublin to New Ross.
Company director Donald Lauder is pleased with his new employees, but he has no plans to make their status permanent,
It all depends on the circumstances that’d be prevailing next week or the week after, whether we continue on with this service.
An RTÉ News report broadcast on 17 February 1978.