THE oldest man living in the communities of Leap, Union Hall, Glandore and Connonagh is to be given the honour of officially opening the new post office in Leap.
Local businessman, Ger O’Sullivan, said: ‘Frank Denvir from Shearwater, Keelbeg in Union Hall was the obvious choice for this occasion because so many older people – who rely on the service – lost out badly when the original post office in Leap closed suddenly two and a half years ago.’
Frank Denvir, a D-Day veteran, enjoyed an altogether different honour last year when – on the occasion of his 100th birthday – the French Ambassador presented him with the Legion d’Honneur medal. This year – at 5pm on Monday, October 17th next, just three days shy of his 101st birthday – Frank Denvir will be centre stage once again when he performs the official opening of the new post office at Kathleen’s Corner, which is located right in the heart of the village.
Ger O’Sullivan – who successful applied to An Post for the contract to run the office – said: ‘Everyone is welcome to attend this important event in the life of our community and there will be lots of music and refreshments for people to enjoy.’
Kathleen Woumans, who has been employed to run the full-service post office, told The Southern Star she is delighted that people who have been collecting their department of social welfare payments from Skibbereen post office can now do so in their own community.
Leap Post Office will provide a number of additional services such as printing, binding and a lamination service in support of students and small businesses, and will sell cards, stationary and small gifts made by local crafts people – all of which, Kathleen Woumans says ‘is a good way of supporting our local community.’
Pat O’Riordan, secretary of Leap and Glandore Community Council, welcomed the reinstatement of Leap Post Office saying: ‘It is very welcome news for the area.’ He also paid tribute to Ger O’Sullivan for his ‘drive and initiative’ in obtaining the contract to run the post office.