Kerry postmaster says real impact of post office closures will be felt in coming years

The real impact of the closure of rural post offices won’t be felt for at least five years.

That’s according to one Kerry postmaster, who has decided to close after 70 years.

Yesterday, An Post announced that 159 small rural offices nationwide, including twelve in Kerry, are to close as part of a rationalisation plan.

Brendan Mannix, who runs Ballymacelligott Post Office, says closing was an impossible decision to make but is the correct one for his family due to falling income.

He says the issue was a political hot-potato but this is a business decision that could have been taken by An Post five years ago.

Brendan Mannix, who will now concentrate on his auctioneering business, says the closure of a post office in a rural area is akin to losing a parish priest.