Crafty Bridie launches new venture at post office

July 2nd, 2018 10:07 PM

By Southern Star Team

Bridie Roycroft, centre, at the relaunch of her post office as a craft shop/PO on Saturday last. (Photo: Andy Gibson)

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BALLYDEHOB postmistress Bridie Roycroft has relauched her business to include a craft shop.

Bridie made headlines in recent weeks, after receiving an ‘exit offer’ from An Post. She immediately launched a campaign calling for local support to save her business. 

The community responded with huge enthusiasm and last weekend saw her launch her new venture, surrounded by friends, family and well-wishers. 

Meanwhile, Fianna Fáil TD for Cork North West, Aindrias Moynihan, has said that the Government must finally wake up to the challenges affecting rural post offices and come forward with a comprehensive plan for the network.

Deputy Moynihan was commenting as many post masters and mistresses, like Bridie, were making decisions about whether to take the offer made by An Post to change their contracts or take redundancy. 

‘We believe that the Government should engage with An Post to develop a Public Service Obligation model to keep these post offices open and providing essential and additional services in rural communities,’ he said.

‘Minister Naughten must also come forward and identify the new services that he believes should be provided in our post offices to make them viable into the future,’ he added.

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