Call for community hubs to replace sense of community lost by post office closures in Kildare

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Call for community hubs to replace post offices in Kildare

Betty Nolan longstanding postmistress of Donadea post office

The closure of Moone and Narraghmore post offices in the Athy Municipal District and the knock on effects on communities was discussed at length at this month's Athy District meeting which was held on Monday, September 17.

Cllr Martin Miley tabled a motion that the council work with relevant agencies to assist communities following the closure of their post offices in the Athy Municipal District and that mobile offices and community shops be considered as part of the solution to these problems.

The meeting heard that correspondence can be issued to the relevant agencies including the Minister for Communications and An Post requesting that assistance be given as requested.

An Post announced plans to shut down post offices in Moone, Narraghmore and Donadea recently as part of company restructure plans.

Cllr Miley said it devastating news for two south Kildare communities and the far stretching hinterland as well as the community of Donadea.

"Thinking about the wider community, particularly the elderly in Moone, who use this post office and a constant basis. I would like to thank Tom and Bernie Wall for the service they have delivered in the community and Kathleen and Teresa Kelly in Narraghmore. I know they are devastated with the news also," he said.

He added that community hubs need to be put in place to support communities withoth a post office.

“Rural isolation is happening more and more,” he said.

“In Moone all that is left is the pub and that opens at 5pm and not everyone drinks. How can we impose the social aspect of the post office back on the community when it is gone?”

Cllr Ivan Keatly said that he agreed with the sentiments of Cllr Miley.

He said that this was a very important issue and that the elderly of the communities affected need to be supported.

“Community hubs could be put in place inlieu of the post office - communities need support. The post office is where you hear what is going on and about Johnny and Mary who might be sick and in need of someone to drop in on them.”

All the councillors agreed that the communities are going to need extra support in the wake of the closures and to write to request this from the relevant agencies.

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