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Post Office 'taken' from Martin family after 93 years of service

A new Ballinamore Post Office openend on Main Street this week

Fiona Heavey

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Fiona Heavey

The Martin family in Ballinamore feel their post office was “taken” from them and they didn't get “fair play.”
The post office on High Street closed last Friday evening, December 9 after 93 years of service by three generations of the Martin family.


The town's new post office beside Donohoe's SuperValu on Main Street opened for business on Monday, December 12 in a modern and easily accessible layout.


The new Postmaster is Brian Gordon from Mohill. An Post stated, "The office will offer the full range of post office services in a purpose kitted premises which features our new Access All counters which enable full access to the post office for customers with mobility issues."


A crowd of locals gathered to mark the closing of Martin's Post Office on Friday evening and locals spoke about the “sad occasion” as workers dismantled the business behind them.


Brian Martin who was the third postmaster from his family said the business was “taken from us against our wishes.”
He said “whatever about the substance of the move the manner used has been uncalled for.” Christmas is the busiest time of year for post offices, he said the timing has “no reason or logic.”


Brian outlined that when the contract for postmaster came up he received an offer “of sorts” for a short time with conditions that works on the office be completed in 6-8 weeks. Mr Martin said he asked to meet with An Post officials to discuss the works but said “they kept refusing to meet.” He said An Post withdrew the contract before the period was up.
He went on to say the new post master has had “8 months or more to get a premises ready.”


According to An Post, “We advertised a vacant post office contract for Ballinamore. This arose as a result of the death of the former Postmaster.” They said a successful applicant was appointed.


Mr Martin said there are currently no plans for the now vacant building on High St.
The Martin family wish to thank “generations of loyal customers” for their support, help and custom in Ballinamore and surrounding areas.