A small number of local post offices around Donegal are to deliver their usual services this Good Friday.
In a new policy change, local outlets have been given permission to open over the Easter holidays if they wish, which means that collection services and welfare payment collections can continue as normal.
One post office which is spearheading the change is Doherty’s Costcutter Ballybofey. The supermarket opened the town’s post office counter in January 2019 and offers full postal services throughout the day and during lunchtimes.
Store owner Michael Doherty said he is delighted to provide Good Friday postal services to the town for the first time.
Mr Doherty made an application to An Post to open on April 19th after listening to customer feedback. Typically, the day before Good Friday was extremely busy and pensioners had to wait a long time to collect their pension money.
Having the counter open on Good Friday will ease pressure on both staff and customers, said store manager Colin Harrison.
Mr Harrison said: “We are trying to change with the times and this has also reflected in the fact that we now open throughout lunchtimes from 1pm-2pm – once again because of customer feedback and people wanting to avail of the post office services on their lunch hour.
“We have had the post office since Jan 14th and have had great feedback in regards our location, our staff friendliness and being informed about the services the post office offers that people never knew about including the likes of credit cards, loans, bill-pay services, address-pal, e-commerce business cards for businesses and foreign exchange.”
The Ballybofey Costcutter Post Office will be open from 9am – 1pm this Good Friday.
Other Post Offices which have confirmed Good Friday opening times are Raphoe (9am-5.30pm) and Carndonagh (9am-1pm).Tags: