Almost ten months after Ballycroy Post Office closed there was a sense of delight in the community when the post office re-opened for business last Monday.
The former post office closed on New Year’s Eve when the postmistress Rose Conway retired and it looked like the service which had been in the village of over 100 years was gone forever.
However, in a reversal of many trends across the country, a new post office contract has been awarded and the new post office is now located in Keane’s Shop located along the N59 at Tallagh, Ballycroy.
The new postmaster AJ Keane told The Mayo News that he was delighted to be in a position to take up the role and see the post office return to the village.
“We are the only post office in Mayo which was earmarked to close to reopen and we are delighted to do so. The nearest post office was 15km away and we have an elderly population who continue to use the service so a post office for Ballycroy is badly needed. The process of reopening took a lot longer than I expected but I am happy that we are now open for business,” he said.
Minister for Rural and Community Development Michael Ring welcomed the reopening of the post office in Ballycroy and wished the new postmaster the best of luck in the new role.
“This is an issue that I have worked on for some time, having made very strong representations to An Post. I had impressed on them what a big loss this post office would be to the entire community and I am delighted to be able to secure the future of Ballycroy Post Office.
“Cllr Gerry Coyle also maintained constant pressure on both me and An Post in relation to securing the future of Ballycroy Post Office. He has strongly lobbied in favour of keeping Ballycroy Post Office open.
“Ballycroy Post Office provides a vital service to the community and I wish Anthony Keane the very best of luck in his new role. This is a good news day for the people of Ballycroy and the surrounding areas,” concluded Minister Ring.