Saturday 20 December 2014

Vikings get stamp of approval

Published 25/04/2014 | 02:30

Vikings get Stamp of approval
Vikings get Stamp of approval

RELICS from Ireland's rich Viking heritage will pass through your letterbox with two commemorative stamps commissioned by An Post.

The stamps are part of the Battle of Clontarf commemorations and depict a Viking sword from the 10th century and the Waterford Kite Brooch from the late 11th or early 12th centuries.

The Viking sword was originally found in Christchurch Place in Dublin, and is pictured over an image taken from the 'Annals of the Four Masters,' the chronicles of Irish history dating back to 1616.

The brooch, meanwhile, is considered one of Ireland's finest pieces of historic secular metalwork and is featured over a background map of Waterford city.

A first day cover has also been commissioned and features an image of Brian Boru at the Battle of Clontarf 1,000 years ago.

The stamps are designed by Irish designer Ger Garland and cost 60c, while first day covers can be purchased for €2.20.

Irish Independent

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