Donegal Town’s Post Office has a new location and customers can rest assured that the welcome is as warm as ever.
Any doubts about co-locating the Post Office in Timony News were dispelled when the doors opened on Monday morning. Customers were very happy with the layout and with the fact that the privacy of the Post Office was not compromised in the least.
The Post Office is in a specially designated area to the rear of the premises. The counter for the shop is now at the front.
New Postmaster Maurice Timony said: “It was really important to us to keep the integrity of our food business while also properly accommodating the Post Office. I am very pleased with how we have achieved that.”
Mr Timony, his son Jamie and their staff were on hand to welcome everyone to the New Post office. Refreshments were laid on and there was a lovely, warm atmosphere for the first day of business.
One of the first to arrive was outgoing Postmistress Mary Harley who has supported the changeover.
Beginning her retirement after almost 40 years, Ms Harley told the Donegal Post: “I don’t have any big plans at the moment but I am looking forward to relaxing for a while and playing a bit of golf.
“I wish the Timonys well. The Post Office is in capable hands.”
Many people associated with the Donegal Town Post Office over the years popped in to wish the new Postmaster well. Among them was John Murphy, a former Head Postmaster for South Donegal. He was full of praise for outgoing Postmistress Mary Harley and everyone he had worked with over the years.
“A manager is only as good as their team and I was lucky to have a great team,” he said.
Only one member of staff from the old Post Office made the move across Tryconnell Bridge to the new premises. Elizabeth O’Donnell is well-known to customers who were happy to see her familiar, friendly smile.
Staff from Timony News were being trained in Post Office work by Finbarr Diamond from An Post.
All in all, the set-up in Timony’s seems to be working very well.
National Head of Operations Retail with An Post Aidan O’Donnell said: “This type of co-location is the model we are looking to replicate. What we have here shows that it is private. It is not a case of people coming in and doing their business in a shop.”
This Post Office is the first in the country to carry the new An Post branding, giving it a fresh and modern look.
Maurice Timony is looking forward to welcoming customers to the Post Office situated just off the Diamond on Bridge Street.
The old premises on Tirchonnaill Street is set to become a regional sorting centre for An Post.
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