A small request for letters has resulted in a major postal delivery for Andrew McGinley, the bereaved father of three young children who were found dead at their home in Co Dublin this year.
Mr McGinley said he has received over 1,000 postcards and letters this week while isolating during the Covid-19 lockdown.
The Donegal Town native had called on the public for ‘a favour’ on Friday last as he shared that he was struggling with isolation. He said he was missing company as he continues to deal with the events of 24th January his three children Conor, aged 9, Darragh, 7, and Carla, 3 tragically died. He asked for letters, writing “You may never know how much this will help me”.
Four days later, Andrew was greeted by two huge postal boxes packed with correspondence from new penpals.
He shared a photo on Twitter, writing: “I possibly should have thought this through. Thank you all. Andrew.”
I possibly should have thought this through 😀
— Conors Clips by Andrew (@conorsclips) March 31, 2020
Mr McGinley has taken great pleasure in reading letters and answering back with jokes on Twitter.
He wrote: “I am truly humbled by your letters. I’m truly, truly humbled by the letters I have received from hospital and medical staff who thought to write to me when they finished long shifts.
“The delay in posting was caused by me trying to read the doctor’s writing.”
With such a volume of post, he has also been inspired to recycle his used stamps to support ISPCC Childline:
— Conors Clips (@conorsclips) March 31, 2020