A postman prepares to walk from from Sligo to Dublin to raise money for charity.

Every day 61 year Mick McLoughlin walks about 12 miles every day delivering post on his route around the Treacy Avenue area of Sligo town.

Over the Whit weekend he plans to undertake his longest walk yet, 134 miles from Sligo to Dublin. The postman is following a strict training regime to ensure he is in peak condition for the walk to Dublin.

The walk will raise funds for the Senior Citizens Centre in Wine Street. Mick McLoughlin's trek will not only raise money for a worthy cause, but also prove he is one of the fittest postmen in the country.

Open since 1979 the Senior Citizens Centre is run by volunteers and offers craft sessions and other leisure facilities. All funds raised through sponsoring Mick McLoughlin's walk will go towards purchasing a mini bus for the Senior Citizens Centre.

Mick McLoughlin is proud to be a postman and of what he has achieved in life. He once tried driving a postal van and has worked in the sorting office, but discovered,

I'm only happy here on a beat, when I’m walking.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 25 May 1982. The reporter is Tommie Gorman.