THE recently closed Ardnacrusha Post Office is set to reopen its doors under new management by the end of the summer.
It now expected that the popular post office will be open to the public within eight weeks’ time following the decision from An Post to put the contract out to tender in April.
In March, Ardnacrusha Post Office suddenly closed with local residents in South Clare being forced to travel to Bridge Street in Limerick city for vital services.
At the time, Councillor Cathal Crowe (FF) expressed his confidence that, unlike other rural post office closures, Ardnacrusha was viable in the long-term and its closure was down to personal circumstances, as long-standing postmistress, Angela Nash announced her decision to retire.
According to the local councillor, An Post management have since received four tenders from individuals who are interested in taking on the contract for operating the new post office in Ardnacrusha.
“The closure of Ardnacrusha Post Office in March of this year came as a big shock and disappointment to the local community,” he said.
Cllr Crowe has welcomed confirmation that the “viable, well-supported and profitable” post office is due to reopen within the next two months.
“Operated by the very popular Angela Nash and her parents before her for many decades, the post office was very much a focal point in the community,” he said.
“It has been sorely missed since its closure and local pensioners and social welfare recipients in particular are greatly discommoded by having to go to Bridge Street Post Office in Limerick each week.
“We all look forward to its reopening.
“I am confident that the new Ardnacrusha Post Office will open in approximately six to eight weeks time,” added Cllr Crowe