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Night mail services to end between Kingstown and Holyhead
The harbour at Kingstown where the mail service leaves Dublin Photo: Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, Washington, D.C. USA

Night mail services to end between Kingstown and Holyhead

Kingstown, 20 September 1918 - The nighttime sailing of the mail service from Kingstown to Holyhead is to end and will be replaced by a daylight service commencing on 1 October.

From this date onwards, the night mail from London will reach Dublin between 10am and 11am while the night mail from Dublin will reach London by 2am to 3am.

News of the adjusted timings were announced by the Secretary of the Post Office in London.

The Postmaster-General announced that from the beginning of next month the mail packet ships will now leave Holyhead and Kingstown at such times as to ensure their voyages are completed in daylight. The announcement makes clear that there will be ‘no alteration in the sailing of day mail packets’.

No indication has yet been given as to how the alteration in mail service timing will impact rail services but a representative of the Dublin GPO assumed that, in due course, when new arrangements were being made, the concerns of passengers and mail service users would be borne in mind.

In criticising what it has called a ‘regrettable’ change, the Irish Independent has expressed concerns that about the potential impact on other routes and difficulty of reversing decisions already taken. The main thrust of the paper’s problem with the proposal is that no ‘sufficient or satisfactory’ reason has been given.

‘Whether the change is excused on the ground of submarine risk or of danger of collision at night, these considerations apply with equal or greater force to the night service between Rosslare and Fishguard, and between Larne and Stranraer.’

[Editor's note: This is an article from Century Ireland, a fortnightly online newspaper, written from the perspective of a journalist 100 years ago, based on news reports of the time.]


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