Stamps mark JFK's visit to Ireland
TWO new stamps marking the 50th anniversary of President John F Kennedy's historic visit to Ireland have been printed.
The An Post images of the June 1963 visit were unveiled in Kennedy's ancestral homeland at New Ross in Co Wexford.
The 60c stamp shows a photograph of JFK being served tea by his cousin's daughter, the late Mary Ann Ryan, in Dunganstown, just outside New Ross.
The 90c stamp shows President Kennedy and Taoiseach Sean Lemass laying a wreath at Arbour Hill military cemetery in Dublin.
Also pictured in the 90c stamps is then Commandant PJ Daly who went on to become Brigadier General of the Defence Forces.
Now 93, he joined Jim Grennan, a cousin of the Kennedys, to unveil the stamps at a special ceremony at New Ross Town Council.
Local representative councillor Paul Crowdle welcomed the decision to unveil the stamps in New Ross.
"This stamp launch is part of this year's special JFK 50 programme of events and reinforces the close links between New Ross and the Kennedy Family," he said.
Designed by Steve Simpson, the stamps have been produced with a first day cover also featuring photographs taken during the four-day visit.
Barney Whelan, An Post Director of Communications and Corporate Affairs, said that there was significant national and international interest in the new stamps.
"Irish stamps are renowned for the quality of their subject matter and their design," he said.
"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."