Sunday 24 March 2019

Post office closes following Ann's death

Ballywaltrim Post Office was forced to close on Friday afternoon
Ballywaltrim Post Office was forced to close on Friday afternoon

Mary Fogarty

Ballywaltrim Post Office closed its doors last Friday afternoon, following the sad news that postmistress of over 20 years, Ann McCarthy, had died.

Ms McCarthy passed away on Sunday, February 24, after a long illness courageously fought.

She is survived by her husband Tadhg, her children Colin, John and Caroline, her grandchildren, brother and sister and all of her family and friends.

She will be very sadly missed by her colleagues in the post office, and customers from across the decades.

Ann's funeral took place last Thursday at Colliers funeral home in Bray.

Angus Laverty of An Post said that Ann carried out many years of loyal and valued service to An Post and to the people in the Ballywaltrim area. 'She will certainly be missed by both An Post and by her customers.'

Ms McCarthy, who was a native of Cork, had recently announced her retirement, and had yet agreed to stay on until An Post finished the tendering process for another post office. An Post had already gone through a tendering process and agreed to install a post office at Centra on the Boghall Road.

However, there were complications due to the fact that they had planned to install the facility on the site of an already licensed premises.

The tendering process was started again, with advertisements placed last month by An Post. The closing date for applications for the contract was last Friday, March 1.

On that same day at 4 p.m. the staff who had been contracted to work for the late Ms McCarthy finished up.

Meanwhile, the tendering process continues. 'Our aim is to restore service to Ballywaltrim as soon as possible,' said Mr Laverty.

Deputy John Brady expressed sadness at the passing of Ms McCarthy. 'I wish to extend my sincere condolences to the family and friends of Ann,' said Deputy Brady. 'She will be sorely missed by everyone in the community.'

He said that An Post were unable to find a temporary solution to keep the post office open until a new contractor is appointed. 'This is a fantastic post office, with brilliant staff, and is an important part of the community,' said Deputy Brady. 'It is an important social outlet for many people, particularly the elderly.'

Bray People