Ballinakill community gives retiring Post Office Master a warm send-off

Lynda Kiernan

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Lynda Kiernan

Ballinakill community gives retiring Post Office Master a warm send-off

The Ballinakill community with retiring Postmaster Aidan Kennedy.

A big crowd turned out to Ballinakill Post Office to bid farewell to retiring Postmaster Aidan Kennedy.

Mr Kennedy was Postmaster for 51 years, and is retiring aged 81 due to ill health. 

His retirement has meant the closure of Ballinakill Post Office,  as he explained to the Leinster Express recently.

"There is no chance of keeping it open. There is not sufficient business in Ballinakill for the new type of businesses post offices must taken on, and the amount of money they would get paid for it," he said.

Bulfin Heritage Cycle hits the road.

It was a family job that began with his aunt Julia in 1881, and then continued with his mother.

Mr Kennedy finally closed the doors on June 30, to a big crowd of well wishers waiting outside for him on Bride Street. 

He has expressed his thanks to them.

"Aidan wishes to thank all the people who came out to wish him well on my retirement as post master for 51 yrs of Ballinakill post office on the 30th June," his daughter-in law Rose Kennedy said. 

Below: Aidan Kennedy and his family with a cake to mark his retirement.