Two local post offices to close

Friday, 4th January, 2019 4:17pm

Two local post offices to close

Presentations were made to mother and daughter by the local community in Kilnaleck_ Post Mistress Margaret McPhilips and Caroline Smith.JPG

 

Two local post offices will shut their doors for the final time.

The service in Tullyvin will close its counter for the final time at the end of business today, Friday, December 4, with the post office in Kilnaleck to shut tomorrow, Saturday, December 5.

“They're been coming all day, with cards and flowers and chocolates, you name it, its being lovely, very much appreciated,” says Tullyvin Post Mistress Nancy O'Reilly.

The business has operated in the village for the past 120 years.

In Kilnaleck meanwhile, the community gathered at noon today to present Postmistress Margaret McPhilips and her daughter Caroline Smith with individual bouquets of flowers.

Together they had run the business in the village for the past 38 years.

It brings to five, the total number of post offices to have shut across Co Cavan following the agreement reached between An Post and the Postmasters Union last August.

The five are among over 159 rural post offices closing under the retirement scheme brokered between the national postal service and the IPU.

Following last August's announcement, An Post outlined the options available to customers served by the existing post offices.

As a result, the closest post office option to customers previously served by Corraneary is in Canningstown, 3km away, while for Killeshandra it is Carrigallen in neighbouring Co Leitrim, at a distance of 9.5km.

Kilnaleck customers will now be served after a 9.2km trip to Ballyjamesduff, or 7km to Kilnaleck, and for Tullyvin service users the trek to Cootehill is 5.3km.

Swanlinbar customers finally will transferred to Ballyconnell, which is 14.6km away.

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