Locals thrilled to see post office back in business

Published 16/01/2013 | 09:16

Newly appointed Tarbert Post Mistress, Michelle Woods in the town's new Post Office. Credit: Photo by John Reidy

CUSTOMERS of the now closed AIB branch in Tarbert were delighted to learn that the town's new post office will continue some services on behalf of the bank which shut its140-year-old branch last year.

Up to 70 people attended the opening last week of the post office where new postmistress Michelle Woods spoke movingly of her desire to continue the legacy of her late and much-loved predecessor Gabrielle Kiely.

Ms Kiely ran the post office in Tarbert for many years until her tragic death from illness last year. "I very much hope to continue and live up to Gabrielle's legacy and character," Michelle said.

Michelle and husband Andrew are 'very excited' by the new venture and were delighted with the level of community support. "Going by the feedback we have been getting, people are delighted to see the future of the Post Office consolidated in a new premises, which is much bigger and more up-to-date as well," Michelle said.

Meanwhile, the inconvenience caused by the controversial closure of Tarbert's AIB branch in October will be lessened somewhat by some of the services on offer from the post office. "People can lodge and withdraw cash with their AIB cards and the sub-office will allow the lodgement of AIB cheques also. This should be of great convenience for many people and we look forward to working with the people of Tarbert into the future," Michelle said.

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