Ireland’s First Braille Postage Stamp Marks Guide Dogs’ Anniversary

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A new 48c stamp marking the 30th anniversary of Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind was unveiled by Minister for Communications, Marine and Natural Resources, Mr Noel Dempsey T.D., at the charity's headquarters in Cork today.

The new stamp incorporates several special design features to facilitate visually impaired and blind customers, including for the first time ever, Braille embossing on the 48c denomination.

The stamp's colors were chosen to provide maximum contrast between the red guide dog silhouette in the foreground and the pale yellow background. The typography and font size as well as the unusually wide gap between the images and the text have been designed for maximum visibility.

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