BY JACKIE KEOGH
A NEW year always brings change, but in the case of Adrian Healy, Skibbereen’s new postmaster, there have already been several.
Last year, he lost his seat in the local elections – a time, he says, ‘of great personal disappointment’.
But – to use a cliché – when one door closes another opens, and six short months later,w Adrian found himself applying for the role of postmaster.
‘An Post’s business model has changed,’ said Adrian, who officially retired as An Post employee before he secured the contract to run Skibbereen Post Office, which effectively means he is now self-employed.
Having worked for An Post for the last 37 years, Adrian, who is 54 and has worked in the Skibbereen office since 1981, said: ‘despite the familiarity of the surroundings it will definitely be a new challenge.
‘It was always my ambition to run my own business at some stage in my life, but I never thought I would get the opportunity to do that in the business I know best.’
Adrian, whose head for figures is legendary is a former board member with Skibbereen Credit Union and a former treasurer of the Skibbereen Geriatric Society.