SCARDAUNE Post Office will close this week marking the end of an era in this part of south Mayo. It comes just a month after the closure of the post offices in Hollymount and Garrafrauns and some other areas as another part of the social history of our region slips quietly beyond the horizon.
Bernard and Ann O’Brien will be joined by neighbours and friends on Thursday evening for the last day of Scardaune Post Office. The farewells began last Friday when regulars called on ‘pension day’, a service cherished by the local communities in Garrymore, Ballyglass and Crossboyne.
Well known Garrymore man, John Paul Heaney, says it is a sad day for the local community. “Bernard and Ann O’Brien (nee McDonnell, from Main Street, Claremorris) provided a great service, carrying out all their weekly duties for the local people with great dignity and respect over the last quarter of a century or maybe even more. We wish them all the best at this time and thank them for their kindness and hospitality over the years.”
Another neighbour, Andy Gill from Scardaune, says the people of the area will miss a service that they had all grown up with over the years. “I can remember Bernard’s parents Mattie and Mary when they ran the post office. It was very handy to have this service just over the road and Ann and Bernard have been very good to the local people over the years as well. It is a sad day for the area but is just another example of what is happening to services all across rural Ireland.”