Save Gurteen Post Office

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Just over two weeks ago, An Post announced the closure of more than 100 rural post offices, due to the retirement of Post Masters and Mistresses; 4 of which are in Sligo. There was shock and anger from the Gurteen community over the proposed closure of Gurteen post office. Our highly regarded Post Mistress has dedicatedly served the community for many years, building the post office into the essential service it is today. It was felt strongly by the local community that her w...ell-deserved retirement should not be used by An Post as a means to close this essential service, used and appreciated by the whole community.

Gurteen post office has functioned as the hub of our very rural community, offering essential financial and postal services, but also serving as a centre point for social connection among residents and those of the surrounding town lands - connecting the community, its businesses, residents and generations together.

Last week, there was a public meeting to discuss the situation and a place where people could express how they felt about the proposed closure. Over 420 people attended, supported by local politicians and councillors. Following a lively meeting, a committee was formed to organise the community's protest and to fight for the post office to remain open.