This week a 'show of support' evening and a public meeting were held in Ballygawley to campaign against the possible closure of the village post office.
Campaign co-ordinator, Thomas Walsh told Sligo Today
, “We held a number of events this week to build support for our post-office campaign which has been served with a review notice last Friday 11th November from An Post. "We have been overwhelmed with the response thus far and having been inundated with letters, calls, texts and messages on social media."
On Wednesday evening a 'show of support' evening was held outside the post-office in the heart of the village where hundreds, old and young, turned out to support the post office campaign.
Over 346 letters were signed on the night and sent to An Post management demanding retention of the service.
On Thursday night, a public meeting was held in Callaghan’s Bar, Ballygawley. There was large turnout from the business community, post office users and public representatives.A formal letter seeking a meeting with An Post management was issued and following a telephone call from an An Post official, that meeting will take place after the close of submissions on December 2nd.
Speaking at the public meeting, Thomas Walsh stated that, “This is our village, our post-office. We will fight this all the way. Within a 30-mile radius there has been four post-offices closed over the past three years.
"There is no post office as far as Ballyfarnan in Roscommon in one direction, Dromahair in Co Leitrim in the other and Sligo Town on the other side of Ballygawley post office. In terms of monetary savings, there would be very little to be saved in closing our post-office but in terms of damage to a small village the costs are intangible and immeasurable."Institution
Mr Walsh continued, "An Post has become an institution that has failed to progress itself in any way. I again take this opportunity to criticise the An Post management for their most inhumane and appalling way they undertook such a review on the short timeframe from the passing of our friend and Postmaster Colm.”A petition is currently in place in all local outlets and online.
Anyone wishing to send the campaign a letter of support from their business or club can contact Thomas Walsh on 086-1025285 or send it by email to; email@example.com
The committee wish to extend their gratitude to the community thus far and the campaign team will be bringing the petition to church gates this weekend in Sooey and Ballintogher.
The committee also extended their thanks to thank all public representatives and reiterate this campaign is above politics.
A delegation was chosen to meet with An Post in comprising of Thomas Walsh, Dermot Fallon, Mary Hamilton and Cllr Thomas Healy.