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Love letters Ryan Tubridy bids sad farewell to local post office and sweet shop ran by Ronan Keating's dad

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RTE presenter Ryan Tubridy  Photo: Andres Poveda

RTE presenter Ryan Tubridy Photo: Andres Poveda

RTE presenter Ryan Tubridy Photo: Andres Poveda

RYAN Tubridy has lamented the surprise closure of his post office in Monkstown village as he never got to say thank you and goodbye to Ronan Keating’s dad. 

Tubs revealed that he arrived at his local post office on Friday morning to buy some stamps for a pre-Christmas card blitz.

And he said he was dismayed to learn that the entire premises had been shut down, including an old-fashioned newsagent which was run by Ronan’s dad Gerry.

“I had the morning off last Friday and I had to go down and buy some stamps in the local post office,” Ryan told listeners to his Radio One show.

“I was getting ahead of myself for Christmas with cards and stuff.

“But nobody had told me that the post office had shut down and I had always gone there.

“And they were always such lovely people.

“It was one of this really old-fashioned places with the old hatch with three people behind. You would always pay your license fee, get your stamps and stuff.

“I wasn’t there every weekend but I have been there a good bit.”

Ryan said one of the highlights of the visit was chatting to Ronan’s dad Gerry whom he described as a “gentleman”.

And he said he was sad that he never got the chance to say goodbye to him before the shop closed down for good.

“I always liked it, it reminded me of the “Building and Loan” from It’s A Wonderful Life, it was a bit nicer than the bank and I always liked it.

“Then there was half a sweet shop inside, like a tuck shop in a school, with Mars bars and Fry's chocolate and the bars you couldn't quite get anymore.

“And a few bags of Fox's Glacier Fruits and yellow bonbons and the man behind the counter was this lovely gentleman, with a lovely way about him, it turns out he was Ronan Keating's dad, in the local post office.

“A nicer man you would never meet.

“So, I never got a chance to say goodbye to him or the lady who ran the Post Office, this lovely woman called Maura.

“But Mr Keating, goodbye, and I wish you well.”

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