At the foundation of the Irish Free State the responsibilities of the Postmaster General of the United Kingdom in Ireland were transferred to the Minister for Posts and Telegraphs, and Irish postboxes from this point ceased to display the Royal Cipher. Instead, they display the 'PℸT' logo, featuring the unusual 'Tironian et' symbol:
Walking around Cork today I spotted two nice examples of 'PℸT' postboxes, on Connaught Ave (connecting College Rd and O'Donovan's Rd near UCC) and on Model Farm Rd. Here is the Connaught Ave box:
This box is usefully embedded in the wall of 'Pizza Amore', which I am certain is a purveyor of very fine Italian food:
Here is the Model Farm Rd box, also still in use:
I must admit that I am not as excited by a 'PℸT' as I am by a good 'VR', 'EVIIR' or 'GR'. But they are a significant part of the world of Irish Postboxes, and they reflect an important period of Irish history, when the young country was moving towards full independence. I'm sure we'll see many of them on this blog.