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Mawd­s­ley, 52, and her mother have said they will feel lost when their lo­cal post of­fice closes next week.

Mrs Mawd­s­ley has been vis­it­ing O’Dwyers post of­fice in Old Pal­las, Co. Lim­er­ick, since she was five years old. Her mother has been us­ing it for over 50 years to do her shop­ping and col­lect her money.

But now, the post of­fice is due to close next Thurs­day.

Judy said: ‘O’Dwyers is like an in­sti­tu­tion in Old Pal­las. We grew up with post mis­tress Bri­die O’Dwyer, who passed away re­cently.

‘What might be just a post of­fice to An Post means a hell of a lot more to my mother and many oth­ers in the area. My mother and sis­ters shop at the post of­fice ev­ery day and col­lect their money on Thurs­day and Fri­day.

‘The next post of­fice is a mile away – but it’s a nui­sance when you don’t drive and I’m not al­ways avail­able to give them a lift.

‘Be­fore An Post close down this post of­fice, they should see for them­selves. It’s not just a name on a sheet of pa­per, it means a lot to many peo­ple.’

Sinn Féin MEP Li­adh Ní Ri­ada raised the clo­sure of the post of­fice in the Euro­pean Par­lia­ment on Tues­day and said that such ser­vices were cru­cial to ru­ral Ire­land.

She called for the com­mu­nity to come out in sup­port of the clo­sure of the post of­fice in a Face­book video.

Ms Ní Ri­ada said: ‘It’s not just a post of­fice, it’s a com­mu­nity cen­tre re­ally, where peo­ple gather. They hear the lo­cal news and it’s par­tic­u­larly good for those peo­ple who are liv­ing on their own, who are maybe iso­lated and it’s their only form of hu­man contact.

‘To close this post of­fice, which pro­vides such a wide range of ser­vices, just should not be al­lowed to hap­pen.’

She added: ‘It is a damn­ing in­dict­ment of this Gov­ern­ment if they al­low this post of­fice to close.’

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