StampNews.com got to know that An Post issued two stamps to mark the 50th anniversary of the founding of Mountain Rescue Ireland. The philatelic release was put into circulation on the 4th of June.
Before 1965 there was no organized mountain rescue service in Ireland. That all changed in November 1965 when Mountain Rescue Ireland was founded at a meeting of mountaineering and hill-walking clubs. The service was set up as a charity aiming to represent the 12 voluntary mountain rescue teams throughout the island of Ireland and to liaise on their behalf with Government and other bodies.
Today, Mountain Rescue Ireland is a 24-hour/365 days voluntary emergency service with approximately 365 volunteers. It is also known as Tarrtháil Sléibhe Éireann and the Irish Mountain Rescue Association (IMRA).
In the event of an emergency, Mountain Rescue Ireland can be contacted on the main emergency services number 999/112 with the rescue coordinated by the local Garda station.
It should always be remembered that Mountain Rescue Ireland is a remarkable voluntary rescue service that has saved many lives whilst relying on volunteers and funding from the state and public donations. Every year Mountain Rescue Ireland responds to an average of 300 emergency call-outs throughout Ireland, coming to the aid of people lost or injured while walking or climbing in the mountain ranges of Ireland.