It has been a while since I put together an article on some old Irish videos. This week from CR’s video vaults, it is a clip from 1975. He was known as the last cycling postman in Ireland. And delivered posts on his bicycle for over 42 years! Postman Mike Sheehan of Goleen, West Cork, has been delivering the mail by cycling his 27-mile route.
Mike Sheehan did this 27-mile route six days a week, which is a struggle in present-day with modern bikes. But he did on a bike that was likely much heavier than present-day and throughout an Irish winter and never missed a single day! Absolutely amazing. I also read this forum where they discuss his life after his work and is believed to live until he was 107 years old!
His friends calculated at his retirement age that he has gone through 22 bikes, 96 pairs of tyres, 240 pairs of brake pads and has cycled around ten times around the equator just delivering mail.
The video below shows some incredible footage from his last few days as a cycling postman. Forty-two years he was cycling around 27 miles 6 days a week. I admire him, enjoy this timeless video, and for older Irish history videos, you can see them here.