Ireland’s national postal service has made its first-ever drone delivery to an island where it could be a little harder than usual to get the mail delivered in a timely fashion.
FIRST FLIGHT An Post has just carried out Ireland’s first ever autonomous parcel delivery from mainland to island using a drone. Just after 3.30pm on Thursday we delivered a parcel by drone from Roonagh Pier in Mayo to Clare Island #DeliveringTheFuture pic.twitter.com/rBX7WYHI8p
— An Post (@Postvox) July 6, 2018
A spokesman for the post service told The Irish Times that he didn’t know what, exactly, the autonomous flying vehicle delivered, saying only that it was picked up on the small island by a postal agent for final delivery.
Clare Island, population around 160, is at the entrance of Clew Bay in County Mayo, north of Connemara. And while it isn’t as easy as mainland locations, drones aren’t the only way to get parcels there – there are short ferry trips to the island every day. There’s also regular air service.
It seems the Irish postal service aren’t the only ones flying drones there, though, according to the island’s Twitter page.
“On the islands we rely on helicopter access for emergency evacuations,” it said recently. “We are seeing an increase in drone use so please be mindful of rescue services and land your drone if you see them in action.”
Evacuations before packages.
On the islands we rely on helicopter access for emergency evacuations. We are seeing an increase in drone use so please be mindful of rescue services and land your drone if you see them in action.
— Clare Island (@Clare_island) July 5, 2018