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Thursday 25 April 2019

Coastguard unveil stamp to honour R116

Greenore native James Larkin (right) CUSM unveils the new stamps with colleagues from the Irish Coastguard
Greenore native James Larkin (right) CUSM unveils the new stamps with colleagues from the Irish Coastguard

An Post has launched two new stamps acknowledging the work of the Irish Coast Guard's search and rescue operations to mark the second anniversary of the R116 tragedy this week.

The stamps, designed by Vermillion Design, are based on an original painting by the late Coast Guard volunteer Caitríona Lucas.

Catriona lost her life when the boat she was in capsized while searching for a missing man on 12 September 2016.

The stamps are also in honour of the Coastguard's fallen comrades, those lost in the R116 tragedy, including Dundalk man Captain Mark Duffy, who perished with his crew in crash of the west coast on March 14th 2017.

The paintings depict a rescue team working at sea, both in the air and on the water. The scene has been divided into two for the new An Post stamps.

Debbie Byrne, Managing Director, An Post Retail paid tribute to the Coast Guard.

'Stamps mark important aspects of Irish life and these beautiful stamps acknowledge the service given by members of the Coast Guard to keep us safe when we are in or near the water. 'We also recognise the families of those Coast Guard volunteers and staff who have lost their lives.'

Greenore native, James Larkin who is a Coastal UNit Sector Manager with the Irish Coastguard was among those unveiling the new stamps last week.

The Argus

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