Martin's Post Office on High Street, Ballinamore
Ballinamore Post Office at Martin's, High Street will close this evening (Friday, December 9) after 80 years of service.
The town's new post office at Donohoe's SuperValu on Main Street is due to open for business on Monday, December 12.
An Post has informed the Leitrim Observer that they will move post office premises over the weekend to the building formerly called FirstChapter adjacent to Supervalu on Main Street.
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."
The An Post team are looking forward to welcoming "all our customers old and new to Main Street on Monday."
A notice being circulated online today signed by Miriam and Brian Martin expresses strong dismay over the move.
The notice reads, "Sadly after 80 years of its existence with us here, this Post Office is being taken from us to Donohoe's Super Valu, against our wishes and the wishes of the local community."
The notice goes on to say, "This is happening at very short notice and without consultation as to its timing, at our busiest time of year, just two weeks before Christmas. An extraordinary provision allowing for only 7 days notice was used to terminate this Post Office, effectively shutting down our business after three generations of its existence.
"We acknowledge the local community's effort to prevent this move against the combined forces of a large private business and a disloyal semi-state company. We sincerely thank you, our valued customers for your support over our 80 year history."
The post office at Martin's on High Street will close at 5.30pm today Friday, December 9. It is understood a number of locals will be present for the closing of the doors.