People in Galway city who miss a delivery from An Post will now be able to collect it from their nearest post office instead of travelling to the Delivery Service Unit on the Tuam Road.
Twelve post offices in the greater city area are included in the new An Post service, including the city GPO at Eglinton Street.
The post offices are Bearna, Bohermore, Claregalway, Clarinbridge, Eglinton Street, Fr Griffin Road, Mervue, Newcastle, Oranmore, Renmore, Salthill and Seamus Quirke Road.
The service will be a major benefit to Galway customers, removing the potential hassle of a journey to the city DSU as well as providing more delivery options.
It will be particularly useful to An Post’s growing numbers of online shopper customers.
A DIB (Docket in Box) slip can now be left for the customer, directing them to their local post office to collect their item.
Galway-based Minister of State at the Department of Transport, Hildegarde Naughton, welcomed the new service.
She said the move demonstrates once again the importance of a high value and high-quality Post-Office network to people across the county, as well as the central and trusted role of postmasters in our communities.
“I am sure this news will be greeted with open arms by those receiving important mail and parcels through An Post as we now eliminate an unnecessary journey across our bustling city of Galway for families and businesses,” said Minister Naughton.
Barna Postmistress Seona O’Fegan also gave the new pick up service the thumbs up, saying that it is a very welcome service.
“Previously if a customer in the Barna area missed a delivery, they would have to travel across Galway city which, if they’re lucky, would take up to an hour and half,” she said.
“As well as being more convenient, the Pick Up service is also bringing more people into post offices. We’re getting the opportunity to meet new people and they’re learning about the other services we offer.”