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Monday 19 February 2018

Putting stamp on JFK's historic visit

Lucyann and Eanna Grennan hold a stamp featuring President Kennedy with the late Mary Ann
Ryan, his cousin’s daughter. The Grennans and Kennedys are distant relations
Lucyann and Eanna Grennan hold a stamp featuring President Kennedy with the late Mary Ann Ryan, his cousin’s daughter. The Grennans and Kennedys are distant relations

Grainne Cunningham

AS the countdown begins to mark the 50th anniversary of the late US President John F Kennedy's 1963 visit to Ireland, two stamps have been issued to commemorate the occasion.

The two stamps, designed by Steve Simpson and featuring photographs taken during the historic four-day visit, were unveiled at New Ross Town Council, Co Wexford, yesterday.

A 60c stamp shows Mr Kennedy being served tea by his cousin's daughter, the late Mary Ann Ryan, in Dunganstown, just outside New Ross.

A 90c stamp shows Mr Kennedy and then Taoiseach Sean Lemass laying a wreath at Arbour Hill. Also pictured is then Commandant PJ Daly (now aged 93) who went on to become Brigadier General of the Defence Forces.

On June 27, 1963, thousands of well-wishers turned out for the president's arrival in New Ross – the place from which Patrick Kennedy, his great-grandfather, had set sail for America in 1848.

The stamps and limited-edition First Day Cover (€2.50) may be bought from next Thursday at www.irish stamps.ie, the GPO in Dublin, and main post offices.

Irish Independent

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