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Anne stamp will mark RTÉ anniversary


FERNS native Anne Doyle is to become the first Wexford person to be featured on a postage stamp during her lifetime.

The RTÉ Nine O'Clock News anchor, pictured right, is one of three people to appear on a set of stamps to mark RTE's 50th anniversary. The other two are Gay Byrne and children's television presenter Emma O'Driscoll.

The stamps will be unveiled in late November, and will be issued to commemorate the first RTÉ broadcast, which took place on New Year's Eve 1961 from The Gresham Hotel, O'Connell Street. An Post said this week that the stamps, designed by Ger Garland, will feature a photograph of the Wexford woman.

Stamp enthusiasts say that the 59year-old newsreader will be the first living Wexford person to feature on a stamp. Anne Doyle was unavailable this week to comment on her inclusion on the set of stamps.

The style icon joined the station in 1978, and has been the principal anchor on the main evening news on RTÉ One for many years. It was reported widely in August that she has applied for voluntary redundancy from the station, but she has yet to publicly confirm this. Insiders say she has spoken of a desire to return to college to study Law.