Moyvane Post Office closure 'tinged with sadness'

It was the end of an era for Moyvane Post Office as it closed its doors last week after decades of service to its community.

A popular focal point for people in the locality, its closure was marked with a special mass said by PP Fr Kevin McNamara, who spoke of the post offices' importance in the community as a meeting place and as a focal point.

The mass at the post office made for a unique gathering, and must surely be the first of its kind since the spate of post office closures impacted on rural communities across Ireland in recent years.

Symbolism is an important part of everyday life - urban and rural - and when familiar people and places are no longer with us, its impact on the individual can often go unnoticed.

Postmistress Mary Collins was surrounded by her former customers, many of whom have become her personal friends though the years as a result of her work.

Fr McNamara's homily was also well received by parishioners at the special Mass and gathering in Ms Collin's honour on the day of the closure.

"It was nice to see such a large crowd there, even if it was an evening tinged with sadness," Fr McNamara said.