Monday 22 July 2019

End of an era as postmistress Anne retires from Taghmon Post Office

Simon Bourke

Taghmon Post Office is under new ownership for the first time in 36 years following the retirement of long-standing postmistress, Anne Power.

With Anne officially leaving her role on Wednesday of last week, the doors of the Post Office in Market Square shut for the last time.

However, a day later the new Post Office, situated just yards away from the old one, was open and ready for custom. And, according to new owner Paddy McCrea, there will be no dramatic changes under his stewardship.

'It's business as usual. We opened last Thursday and we have Betty Walsh working here, she worked alongside Anne for 30 years in the previous Post Office so she brings a lot of experience,' he said.

Although many post offices around the country are closing or on the verge of closing, Paddy believes the Taghmon office has a strong future and is sustainable in the long-term.

'There's a good population in Taghmon, the post offices might be on their last legs elsewhere but it's certainly needed here. It's a community thing, people still enjoy coming here for chats, to them it's the same as it is for another person going to the pub.'

Adding that he and his staff, which will include his nephew Matthew McCrea, would be on hand to provide assistance to customers who might require help with An Post's new banking system, Paddy said that another member of the McCrea family was already proving his worth at the new premises. 'Scooby, my dog, will be knocking round the place a lot, keeping an eye on things,' he joked.

Meanwhile, Anne Power, who is waving goodbye to life in her local Post Office, admitted retirement will take some getting used to. 'It's all done and dusted now, I feel kind of lonely now for the first time. I've been there since 1983 when myself and my husband took over from Nuala Carroll. It's good to see that it's still going though, so many of them are closing altogether.'

Softening the blow of her emotional departure, Anne said she planned to travel and enjoy time with family.

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