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Naming and Numbering in Northern Ireland

In the 1960s, there were just over 3,000 postal staff covering the six counties across Northern Ireland. The counties were divided into thousands of ‘townland’ districts which meant that local knowledge of staff was imperative especially as there were more than a dozen families with the same surname.

This led to the Post Office launching a ‘Naming and Numbering’ project, which began in 1964. The aim was to tie even the remotest farmsteads to a named road on a map for the first time. In 1966 responsibility for the work was handed to APCII travelling officer, Danny Carty. Carty finished the project in 1969.

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