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Saturday 19 January 2019

Children post Santa letters for final time

The pupils from Danescastle National School posting their letters
The pupils from Danescastle National School posting their letters
One of the children’s letters

Brendan Keane

Pupils from Danescastle National School went over the street in Carrig-on-Bannow on Friday to post letters in their local post office for the final time.

The facility closed its doors for good at 5.30 p.m. that evening and to mark the event the school arranged for the children to write letters to their 'future selves'.

Post mistress, Nicola Howlin, welcomed all the classes from the school who visited to post letters throughout the day.

Speaking to this newspaper, principal Áine Kennedy said it was a memorable occasion for everyone concerned.

'All classes wrote letters to themselves which they will open in later years,' she said.

Given the upcoming festive holiday period it was a very significant event for some of the younger children in the school as Ms Kennedy pointed out: 'The infants took the opportunity to post their Santa letters for the last time from Carrig-on-Bannow.'

To mark the event the children had also researched the history of the post office in Bannow and learned about the services it's provided to the community down through the years including delivering telegrams, taking phone calls and providing people with a location to pay bills.

Ms Kennedy said everyone in the village will miss the post office including the children: 'All at Danescastle National School will miss the presence of the post office in the village and we thank Nicola and her staff for their help and support throughout the years.'

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