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Man amazed by letter delivered after 57-word “life story” scribbled on front instead of address

A CARE employee was amazed after the Royal Mail handed over a letter in which his “life story” was scribbled on the envelope instead of an address.

Feargal Lynn, from Cushendall in County Antrim, Northern Ireland, said the note was scribbled with a 57-word mini-biography rather than her street.

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Strangely addressed letter was sent to its recipient, social worker Feargal Lynn – despite its lack of traditional detailsCredit: Twitter / weefeargal
The writer asks Posties to deliver the letter to Feargal, identifying his parents and saying he is

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The writer asks Posties to deliver the letter to Feargal, identifying his parents and saying that he is “friends with the guy who runs the butchers at Waterfoot”Credit: Twitter / weefeargal

The writer had attempted to find Feargal by writing on the envelope that he “lives across from the Spar.”

Other details presented were the names of his parents, Mary and Joseph, his home address after his marriage, and that he used to “run nightclubs in the church hall.”

Hilariously, the author also wrote that he was ‘friends with the guy who runs the Butchers at Waterfoot’.

Feargal shared a photo of the envelope on Twitter – and its post has since gone viral, with hundreds sharing the joke.

He told BBC News NI: “There was enough to know it was me.”

A HILARIANT POST GOES VIRAL

Postie Fergus McAllister, who works at the sorting office in Ballymena and knows Feargal, told the broadcaster he solved the riddle after spotting the letter.

“It was so funny,” he said.

“One of the sorters said, ‘Look at that, do you know who it is? “

“I said, ‘I know exactly who it’s for’ and he said, ‘I feel like I know him too, because his whole life story is on the front.’

Surprisingly, this isn’t the first time Feargal has received a weirdly addressed letter.

Just a few years ago, a letter to “the house by the field with sheep in it” made its way to her house.

POSTIE SOLVED THE PUZZLE

In Feargal’s last mystery article, there was a recipe for vegetarian “kaleslaw” – a gift from a friend in Belfast.

She had written to cheer him up after he admitted that he “found things very difficult.”

The lady never visited her home and did not have her address in writing.

“The woman saw it and sent me a picture and I opened it,” Feargal said.

“It was a nice note with a quote from the Dalai Lama saying ‘you can decide to be happy’.

“That was a really simple sanity quote. And then she went straight to this amazing coleslaw recipe and a note on kale salad.”

I had found it difficult … men should be honest and say when they are not well

He decided to share the photo online to make others smile.

“Men in particular have to be direct and honest and say, ‘I’m not doing well.’ It’s about finding something to take you away from it,” he said.

A Royal Mail spokeswoman said she was proud of the work of postal staff like Fergus McAllister.

“It’s always gratifying when our customers recognize the hard work of their letter carriers who deliver in all weather conditions six days a week,” she said.

Many other oddly addressed letters have also found their way to the right home over the years.

In 2015, a note titled “Your man Henderson, that bespectacled boy doing a doctorate here at Queen’s in Belfast” found its intended recipient.

And the mail was delivered to a Cornish author – without a city, street name or postcode.

Quick-thinking postal workers were able to guess the address from the inscription “Lives in a blue and green shed near a village, 34 km from Land’s End”.

Feargal shared a photo from the post, which included a vegetarian 'kaleslaw' recipe on Twitter in an effort to make others smile too.

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Feargal shared a photo from the post, which included a vegetarian ‘kaleslaw’ recipe on Twitter in an effort to make others smile too.Credit: Feargal Lynn
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