Ballycroy Post Office

  • After almost two centuries Ballycroy Post Office is to close this evening at 5.30pm.

    The future of the Ballycroy Post Office remained in doubt after An Post had to re-advertise the contract to provide post office services for the region, after there were no successful applicants.

    The news was confirmed to Midwest this afternoon  by Gerry Loftus of Save Rural Ireland Mayo.

    The future of the post office in Ballycroy looked to have been secured when An Post announced in September they had agreed to re-advertise the contract, but fresh fears arose in recent weeks when there were no successful applicants for the post.

    The Postmistress Rose Conway has today paid tribute to all their staff and customers over the years.

  • “Save Rural Ireland Mayo” says they are seriously concerned that there are no successful applicants to take over the running of Ballycroy Post office.

    Spokesperson Gerry Loftus says what he initially feared is now coming true in that these new contracts were not fit for purpose and that postmasters would not sign them.

    Mr. Loftus says there were two applicants in Ballycroy but could not sign an unviable contract.

  • An Post has confirmed that they will readvertise the contract for Ballycroy Post Office.

    The Post Office in Ballycroy is not on the list of 159 Post Offices that will close as postmasters chose to retire, however, there were fears that the village would lose its Post Office.

    Having considered the distances to alternative post offices in the area, An Post has now decided to readvertise the contract to provide post office services in Ballycroy, and the current postmaster has agreed to stay in place until the contract is filled so there will be no break in service.

     Erris-based FG Councillor Gerry Coyle says the current postmaster was offered a new contract in recent weeks, but has declined to take it up, so the contract will be readvertised...

     

  • Minister Michael Ring met with An Post yesterday to discuss issues locally and nationally.

    During the course of the discussion, Minister Ring raised the issue of Ballycroy Post Office.

    He says that he made very strong representations and impressed on them what a big loss this post office would be to the local community. Minister Ring also highlighted that some interest had been shown by someone in the vicinity in relation to the post office.

    The Minister says he has received confirmation from An Post that the issue of Ballycroy Post Office is being positively and constructively looked at.

    He says Cllr Gerry Coyle has maintained constant pressure on both himself and An Post in relation to securing the future of Ballycroy Post Office.

    Minister Ring says the post office provides a vital service to the community and he hopes there will be a favourable outcome with An Post.

    The post office in Ballycroy closed on New Year’s Eve.

    The future of the post office looked to have been secured when An Post announced last September they had agreed to re-advertise the contract, but there were subsequently no successful applicants for the post.

  • A public meeting will take place this evening regarding the closure of Ballycroy Post Office.

    The meeting takes place in Ballycroy Community Centre at 8pm.

    A public meeting earlier this week heard that An Post has indicated that the facility will close next month.  

    There have been large turnouts at two previous public meetings held since the news emerged that the post office was to close. The community asked at a meeting earlier this week that local public representatives attend a meeting to hear their concerns.