This photo from September 1980 shows the face of a friendly postman, that is John Audley. Leaning over the side gate at Morrison’s with what is now the rear of The White Gables in the background, (and the roof of The Co-Op in the distance), he would always make time to stop for a chat with people.
John, who was originally from the townland of Parke, came to the village in his early teens to work for shopkeeper and publican Mal Caulfield (the premises now known as Regan’s Bar).
In approx. 1943/1944 he purchased a site on the Mountain Road from Jack Cullinane (Jack was the owner of Cullinane’s Bar, currently called “An Bodhrán Buí”) and built the home in which his son Kieran and family now reside. 1952/1953 saw John build and operate a grocery shop next to his home.
John’s wife, Mary Jane, passed away in 1955 and following a short time driving for Silke’s of Galway in the early 1960s, John became our much loved village postman until his retirement on 4th November 1982. Sadly, John didn’t get to experience all that comes with the enjoyment of retirement, as he departed to join Mary Jane less than two months later on the 28th December 1982.
With his three daughters Ethna, Ursula and Audrey now living away from Moycullen, his sons Tony and Kieran continue to play a very active living part in our community.