Friday 17 November 2017

Harp and film-maker's bodhran getting the EU stamp of approval

The bodhran featured once belonged to Eamon de Buitlear
The bodhran featured once belonged to Eamon de Buitlear
The Irish harp and bodhran will feature on two stamps created by An Post as part of an annual programme by EU post offices

TWO of the country's most iconic musical instruments are being celebrated in a European-wide stamp series.

The Irish harp and bodhran will feature on two new stamps created by An Post in recognition of Ireland's contribution to music, and the development of musical instruments.

The new stamps are part of an annual programme by European post offices which select a common theme and each country then produces a stamp on that topic. This year's theme is 'National Musical Instruments' and Ireland's contribution features the two classic Irish musical instruments.

The stamps were designed by the Design Factory.

The harp stamp (60c) features a rare instrument made by harp maker John Egan.

The bodhran stamp (90c) features one that belonged to wildlife film-maker and musician Eamon de Buitlear.

Irish Independent

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