Son gets stamp of approval from mother

A MOTHER has given her son’s new business her stamp of approval.

Imelda O’Regan, 82, officially opened her son, Finbarr’s, new post office at Sunday’s Well in Cork on Monday.

Imelda used to collect her pension every week from the branch until it closed over a year ago.

Every week since then she, along with hundreds of other pensioners in the area, have had to travel into the city to collect their pensions.

But not anymore – thanks to Finbarr.

He has taken over the management of the post office at 86 Sunday’s Well, has completed refurbished it, and invited his mother to officially open it 15 months after it closed.

“It used to be my own local post office and my mother still lives in the neighbourhood and I thought it was a shame that it closed,” Finbarr said. “So I made inquiries about reopening it and was successful.”

Finbarr, who worked for 27 years with the Cork Savings Bank, said he has been overwhelmed by the support he has received since the branch reopened. Local Fianna Fáil Councillor Tony Fitzgerald, who backed the community campaign to save the post office, was among the first customers through the door. He said the lengthy closure had seriously affected the community and he praised local residents who campaigned vigorously for the reopening of the branch.

“It was highlighted that 50% of the community are older people and the post office allowed these elderly citizens to retain their independence by collecting their own weekly state pension or other benefits and also to do whatever other financial transactions were required,” he said.

“It was also crucial to several small businesses located in Sunday’s Well and enhanced the Sunday’s Well area as a village community.”

He also praised An Post for honouring its commitment to retain the service.

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