Post it – yourself

By Kathrin Kobus

An Post has launched the new service called Click&Post. It allows customers to print off labels for parcels, packages etc at home and drop off the posting item at the post office or a parcel locker.

If you don’t have a printer at home you can still save some time by downloading the appropriate label and get it printed at the post office.

According to An Post the new service will help to reduce queuing and stressing at Post office, because now you do the job of the post office worker at home. Weigh or estimate the weight of the items you put in your parcels and packages, compare with list and get the correct label.

As a quick guide for weights An Post offers these markers:

  • Two litres of milk is the guide for a 2kg package
  • If you’re finding it hard to gauge 150g, look no further than your smartphone
  • A can of soda weighs 390g which is the same as a man’s woollen scarf or a shirt
  • A bottle of wine weighs 1.25kg. This is about the same as a large hardback book
  • A small jar of jam weighs 340g and is about the same as a pair of ladies slippers.

Strange choice for comparison because liquids like batteries are not allowed for posting internationally.

It is probably still better to use kitchen scales if at hand.

Another useful advice: Always use block capitals when handwriting addresses this festive season, don’t forget the return address in the top left corner and use the proper packing tape.

Finally if you are not at home when parcels from family and friends arrive for Christmas, from now on the collection point for our area has moved to Ravensdale Road (EastWall). The office at Shelbourne Road closed for good November 15th.

You can find out more about  An Post Click & Post by visiting