An Post honours Irish Defence Forces with four stamp set

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imports_CCGB_defenceforcesall_56796.jpg An Post honours Irish Defence Forces with four stamp set
An Post has issued a new set of stamps highlighting the work of the Irish Defence Forces. ...
An Post has issued a new set of stamps highlighting the work of the Irish Defence Forces. 

Since 1958, when a group of fifty officers was assigned to peacekeeping duties in the Lebanon, the Irish Defence Forces have served in various campaigns overseas. During the UN mission to the Congo (1960–1964), almost 6,000 Irish soldiers were involved. Subsequent UN missions involving the Defence Forces include Cyprus, the Sinai, South Lebanon, Bosnia and Herzegovina and now Syria.

The Defence Forces also cover a wide-ranging remit including defending the State; assisting An Garda Síochána in matters of law and order and State security; supporting the international efforts of the United Nations in terms of peacekeeping, crisis management and humanitarian relief; and providing a fishery protection service in accordance with the State's obligations as a member of the European Union.

The 60c set of four stamps, designed by Zinc Design Consultants, covers the four branches of the Force:
  • Army
  • Navy
  • Air Corps
  • Reserve Defence Corps

Also available are a First Day Cover and a Prestige Booklet.

Chief of Staff of the Irish Defence Forces, Lieutenant General Conor O’Boyle said of the stamps: 'I am very appreciative to An Post for their work in issuing this special commemorative set of stamps as a salute to the modern Irish Defence Forces. The stamps symbolise the ethos of Óglaigh na hÉireann, Defending, Protecting and Supporting, at home and overseas.'

To order the stamps, visit the An Post website.

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