Postman Pat retires

Well known Postman Pat Davis has retired from his job with An Post after 39 years.

The Wicklow Postman is also well known for his now world famous paintings on the Pier in Wicklow Town.

Pat called today Super Tuesday as he parked up his van for the last time.

In 1983 Pat joined what was then the Post & Telegraph on a temporary basis for six weeks delivering telegrams and letters within Wicklow Town, he never ever thought he would remain for almost 40 years.

Speaking to Wicklownews, Pat said “I have loved my time with An Post and enjoyed the banter with the lads in the office and made many friends there over the years, but I will really miss the people whom I deliver the letters to, my route is out the Ashford area taking in Ballycurry, Glenmore, Ballycullen, part of Moneystown and Carrig Mountain.

“I have called today Super Tuesday as it is my birthday, I have retired and it is also the anniversary that the great Captain Halpin’s super ship “The Great Eastern” made its maiden voyage.”

I have just finished painting “The Great Eastern” which I was commissioned to do, I love doing anything associated with Captain Halpin.

I have painted 54 boats on the pier wall starting in 1976, I wasn’t the first person to paint boats on the pier I started off just touching up the pictures that had been painted years before I started.

Now that I have retired I can spend more time painting and taking pictures which is another passion of mine.

I was honoured by the Wicklow Municipal District in 2020 and even got to talk on the Ryan Tubridy Radio show about the paintings.

I’m 66 today and am looking forward to my new life after retirement.”

So it is no longer Postman Pat it’s now Boatman Pat.

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