A recent Royal Mail trend of letters being correctly (and surprisingly) delivered to recipients using only their descriptions without an address, has left many people wondering; “How would I be described if a letter reached me this way?” “
o, at the Belfast Telegraph, we did just that, and asked a few famous local faces how they thought they would be portrayed, or how they would like to be portrayed on an envelope to make sure it happens to them.
Belfast-born broadcaster Eamonn Holmes speculates his description would sound like: “Eamonn Holmes, otherwise described as” still talking about Manchester United, never seen in the same room as George Clooney, on TV, much slimmer in real life ‘”.
Q Radio presenter Jordan Humphries thinks her best might be: “Jordan from Lisburn who talks on the radio and wears a big purple coat every day. She has a dog called Susie and a teddy bear called Fudge. Very large, usually eats and starts singing often.
The food for thought comes after Cushendall’s man Feargal Lynn recommended a ‘warm applause’ for Royal Mail last week, when his postman successfully delivered a letter to his address, simply by following a brief history of his family in the area.
The full description of the Co Antrim musician’s correspondence reads: “Lives opposite the Spar, his mother and father owned it, his mother was Mary and Da Joseph, moved to Waterfoot after his marriage, plays the guitar and used to run nightclubs in the church hall and hotel in the 80’s. Friends with the guy also run the Butchers at Waterfoot.
Following this, BBC Ireland correspondent Emma Vardy took to Twitter on Monday to reveal that an envelope of a similar nature had been sent to the Belfast newsroom for her.
He said: ‘Emma from England who loves to surf in Portrush and hike to Cavehill, tells local stories from Ireland on TV nightly on BBC One. Recently hired and plays football’.
Armagh GAA All-Ireland winner, Oisin McConville has received a few letters in this way before, especially around the time he wrote his autobiography, “The Gambler: Oisín McConville’s Story”.
“People just put ‘Oisin McConville, Crossmaglen’. I received a letter ; “Oisin McConville, GAA star” and I remember the postwoman giving it to me and I was very embarrassed, “he said. He also recalled the letter that Pat Spillane , Kerry GAA legend and controversial expert, received, which was simply addressed to “Pat The B **** cks, Kerry” and laughed: “It was always going to happen. “
But how would you like to describe the Gaelic footballer turned broadcaster? “If I got it I’d probably wish it was ‘To Oisin McConville, All-Round Nice Guy’. I think it’s probably unlikely, you never know, maybe if someone reads this, he could send me one, ”he added.
Fermanagh-born actor Charlie Lawson revealed he still receives many letters to this day addressed to “Jim McDonald, 11 Coronation Street, Weatherfield”, the famous soap character Mr. Lawson is best known for having played for almost three decades. “It happens to me in my little one [English] Prestbury village and occurs about three or four times a year, ”he added.
“It goes to the sorting office in Manchester and then they send it anywhere; it takes about two weeks and then it comes to my front door!
“It’s weird, but it’s happened a few times over the past two years, because of course they have the classic Coronation Street in the afternoon and I’m never next to the damn thing!” World Cup football legend Gerry Armstrong speculates “they might call me the man who scored the goal”, referring to his most famous international goal, in the 1-0 victory for the Northern Ireland v host country Spain in the 1982 World Cup.
The ex-player admitted the phrase could be “pretty vague, but there are a lot of different ways I guess you could be described.”
“Someone who knows me would probably be able to find him faster than I do,” he continued, adding that he believes famous NI goalkeeper Pat Jennings could be found by simply writing “your man to the large hands “on an envelope.
Boxer Tyrone McKenna at first joked that he would be considered “probably the guy who’s terrible at boxing,” but then said a better self-description could be “the guy who’s always got blood on. face and engage in unnecessary wars like George W Bush. ”The super lightweight is famous for his relentless bloody battles in the ring, especially against Jack Caterall and Jose Felix Jnr.