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Public meeting on future of Ardnaree Post Office


Edwin McGreal

A march and public meeting will take place on Saturday next to push for Ardnaree Post Office to be kept open.
The march will commence at 2pm at the Dunnes Stores car park in Ballina before proceeding to Ardnaree Post Office, outside which the public meeting will be held.
An Post has stated the post office is at risk from March on, when the current postmaster retires.
A letter from An Post stated it is ‘considering the future’ of Ardnaree Post Office and that one of the possibilities is closure for the facility, located at Heffernan’s shop.
Matt Farrell is the Chairman of the Working Group for the Retention of Ardnaree Post Office. He is calling on the wider Ballina community to show their support as a demonstration of the importance of keeping Ardnaree Post Office open.
“We have a chance now to show how important the post office is for the community of Ardnaree and beyond. There is no point in complaining after it is closed, it will be too late then,” he told The Mayo News.
Mr Farrell also said a number of submissions will be made by a closing date set by An Post of this Friday.
If Ardnaree Post Office were to close, the only post office in the Ballina town area would be the main Post Office on O’Rahilly Street. There is, Mr Farrell argues, plenty of reasons to keep Ardnaree Post Office open.
“Ballina has a population of 15,000 people. In the last election there were nearly 5,000 votes in the Ardnaree area of Ballina itself. It is a sub post office but it is as big as a lot of other general post offices.
“There are nine schools in the area and 45 businesses. There is an obvious need and demand for this post office,” said Mr Farrell.
Among the speakers at the public meeting this Saturday will be Dara Calleary TD, Senators Michelle Mulherin and Rose Conway-Walsh and local councillors Annie May Reape, Gerry Ginty, John O’Hara, Seamus Weir and Jarlath Munnelly.
A meeting in the Seán Duffy Community Centre in Ardnaree earlier this month on the issue saw a large number of people come out to support the campaign to keep the local post office open.

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