Irish stamps mark fiftieth anniversary of John F Kennedy's visit to Ireland

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imports_CCGB_stamp-45-_44922.jpg Irish stamps mark fiftieth anniversary of John F Kennedy's visit to Ireland
An Post has revealed details of two new stamps which mark the fiftieth anniversary of the visit of President John F Kennedy to Ireland in 1963. ...
An Post has revealed details of two new stamps which mark the fiftieth anniversary of the visit of President John F Kennedy to Ireland in 1963.

Stamp designer Steve Simpson has created two stamps and a first day cover featuring iconic photos from the visit, when the US president visited his ancestral home of Wexford. A 60c stamp shows a photograph of President Kennedy being served tea by his cousin’s daughter, the late Mary Ann Ryan, in Dunganstown, just outside New Ross.

A 90c stamp shows President Kennedy and Taoiseach Seán Lemass laying a wreath at Arbour Hill.  Also pictured is then Commandant PJ Daly who went on to become Brigadier General of the Defence Forces and who joined Jim Grennan, a distant cousin of the Kennedys to unveil the stamps at today’s special ceremony.

Barney Whelan, An Post Director of Communications and Corporate Affairs said: 'Irish stamps are renowned for the quality of their subject matter and their design. As they travel on letters and parcels and take their place in treasured stamp collections across the globe, they loudly proclaim Ireland’s enduring respect and fondness for John F Kennedy, his historic visit and its significance for Irish people in the United States and at home.

President John F Kennedy's connections with Ireland

President John F Kennedy was greeted by rapturous crowds throughout his 1963 visit to Ireland. He was returning to the land that his great grandfather Patrick Kennedy had left in 1848, during the potato famine. During his visit, the president said: 'When my great-grandfather left here to become a cooper in East Boston he carried nothing with him except two things - a strong religious faith and a strong desire for liberty.

'I am glad to say that all of his grandchildren have valued that inheritance.'

To buy the stamps, visit the An Post website.

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