Two new stamps marking the 50th anniversary of the visit of President John F Kennedy to Ireland in June 1963 were unveiled in New Ross, Co Wexford. Designed by leading Irish designer, Steve Simpson, the stamps and a first day cover feature iconic photographs taken during the historic four-day visit.
A 60c stamp shows a photograph of President Kennedy being served tea by his cousin's daughter, the late Mary Ann Ryan, in Dunganstown, just outside New Ross.
A 90c stamp shows President Kennedy and Taoiseach Sean Lemass laying a wreath at Arbour Hill. Also pictured is then Commandant PJ Daly who went on to become Brigadier General of the Defence Forces and who joined Jim Grennan, a distant cousin of the Kennedys to unveil the stamps at today's special ceremony.
Speaking at the unveiling Cllr Paul Crowdle, Cathaoirleach of New Ross Town Council, welcomed An Post's decision to unveil the JFK Commemorative stamps in New Ross:
"This stamp launch is part of this year's special JFK 50 programme of events and reinforces the close links between New Ross and the Kennedy Family".
Below StampNews.com quotes the words of Mr Barney Whelan, An Post Director of Communications and Corporate Affairs about significant national and international interest in the new stamps: "Irish stamps are renowned for the quality of their subject matter and their design. As they travel on letters and parcels and take their place in treasured stamp collections across the globe, they loudly proclaim Ireland's enduring respect and fondness for John F Kennedy, his historic visit and its significance for Irish people in the United States and at home".