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27 February 2020

The Irish Abroad

Technical Specifications
Date of Issue: February 27, 2020
Values & Quantities: N Strip of 3 (178k), W Se-tenant (120k)
Design: Zero-G
Size: 51mm x 30mm
Paper: TR 102gsm PVA gum
Colour: Multicolour with phosphor tagging
Make-up: Sheetlets of 12
Perforations: 13.25 x 14
Printing Process: Lithography
Printer: Royal Joh. Enschedé

The Irish Abroad ‘N Rate’ Strip Of Three

Ireland: The Irish Abroad ‘N Rate’ Strip Of Three, 27 February 2020. Images from An Post.

Irish emigrants have made an indelible mark in many walks of life around the world over the centuries and we are delighted to mark their contribution by issuing stamps that feature notable examples such as a photograph of people in ‘The Galtymore’ dance hall in Cricklewood, London to reflect the role of Irish Centres and hubs abroad.

One stamp has Newbridge, County Kildare-born pioneering scientist Dame Kathleen Lonsdale (1903-1971) who lived in England; Limerick-born acclaimed actor Richard Harris (1930-2002) and Patrick Sarsfield Gilmore (1829-1892), the noted U.S.-based composer and musician who wrote the lyrics to the song ‘When Johnny Comes Marching Home’.

The second stamp features the accomplished author and Tuamgraney, County Clare-born Edna O’Brien (1930-); Tullamore, County Offaly born and Zambia-based Fr. Michael Kelly (1929-) who is acclaimed for his work as a priest and aid worker, and Mary Elmes (1908-2002) from Cork, the humanitarian worker particularly renowned for saving the lives of 200 Jewish children in France during the Holocaust.

Ireland: The Irish Abroad ‘N Rate’ (Sheet of 15), 27 February 2020. Image from eBay.

The Irish Abroad ‘W Rate’ Se-tenant Pair

Ireland: The Irish Abroad ‘W Rate’ Se-tenant Pair, 27 February 2020. Images from An Post.

On St Patrick’s Day each year, people all over the world celebrate Irish identity and the role of Irish emigrants. It is fitting, therefore, that we issue a series of stamps ahead of our national day of celebration, honouring the contribution of emigrants to their respective communities and mark their experiences.

Featured are a photograph of peoples suitcases at Dublin Airport and detail from the painting ‘An Emigrants Letter and Envelope’ by Geraldine O’Reilly to highlight the importance of communication with home.

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