Sunday 18 August 2019

Moon blunder: An Post says sorry for spelling error on special stamps marking lunar landing

The misspelled stamp refers to ‘Gaelach’, which means Irish, instead of ‘Gealach’, for Moon
The misspelled stamp refers to ‘Gaelach’, which means Irish, instead of ‘Gealach’, for Moon

Gabija Gataveckaite

An Post has apologised after a misspelling on its new stamps celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Moon landing.

It released four special-edition €1 stamps last week in celebration of the anniversary of the 1969 event.

However, the Neil Armstrong and Michael Collins stamps feature a misspelling of the word 'Moon' in Irish.

Instead of reading 'Gealach', the Irish word for 'Moon', the word reads 'Gaelach', which translates to 'Irish'.

Due to the blunder, the translated sentence reads '50th anniversary of the first Irish landing', instead of '50th anniversary of the first Moon landing'.

"During the production process for An Post's Space Exploration stamp set, the letters 'a' and 'e' were transposed in the Irish language title of the stamps," a statement from An Post said.

"While the original draft of the Irish text was correct, the word Gealach (Moon) appeared incorrectly as Gaelach (Irish) in two of the four stamps featured," it added.

The error was not spotted before the set of stamps was released for sale to the public on July 4.

The company apologised for the error and said it had taken steps "to ensure that this will not happen again".

Irish Independent

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