THE children's charity Barnardos has had a difficult 50th anniversary year as it struggles to cope with cuts to funding, chief executive Fergus Finlay said.
The organisation has helped over 100,000 children during its 50 years and must continue helping families, he said.
Mr Finlay was speaking at the launch of a special An Post 55c stamp to commemorate their 50 years of providing services to children.
Barnardos is a sister organisation of similar groups in the UK, New Zealand and Australia.
The original Barnardos was set up by Dubliner Dr Thomas Barnardo, who founded a home for destitute boys in London in 1870.
Barnardos supported 6,300 children last year in its 42 project centres.