An Post has unveiled a new booklet of six stamps commemorating some of Ireland’s top female athletes ahead of International Women’s Day March 8.
Athletes honored on the Irish Women in Sport stamp are Rachel Blackmore, Kellie Harrington, Katie Taylor, Sonia O’Sullivan, Ellen Keane and the Irish Women’s Hockey team.
A Post Office report said the stamps come at a time when the caliber of performance for Irish women’s sportsmen is at “a particularly high point”, with athletes excelling in international competitions in the UK. many different fields.
Last year, Rachael Blackmore became the first female driver in Cheltenham and the first female Aintree Grand National winner.
Kellie Harrington and Katie Taylor are Olympic boxing gold medalists, and Taylor is a world pro tennis player.
Cork legend Sonia O’Sullivan is Ireland’s most successful female track and field athlete, having won 16 major World, European and Olympic medals.
Ellen Keane marked a memorable 14-year Paralympics run by winning a gold medal last summer.
Meanwhile, the Irish women’s hockey team won a silver medal at the 2018 World Cup and again reached the finals in 2022.
The stamps were designed by Dublin-based studio Unthink, and An Post says they feature a “bold, multi-colored design on a metallic silver base”.
Each athlete’s name appears in large font, behind the powerful sporting moment, captured by sports photojournalists from Ireland’s Inpho and Sportsfile and Getty Images agencies.
Speaking at the launch of the stamp set with members of the Irish Hockey Team at the GPO, Minister Hildegard Naughton said the collection celebrates the achievements of Irish women in sport in Ireland on the world stage. .
“The special thing is that these stamps will be issued by An Post before International Women’s Day, which takes place on Tuesday, March 8 this year,” she said.
“It is right and appropriate for us to celebrate the success of Irish women in sport and what better time to do so than to mark International Women’s Day. I have the utmost respect for Irish women in sport who are key role models for young girls in the length and breadth of the country.
“They demonstrate how strength, resilience and determination can be rewarded when you or your team set a goal and work towards it. We have a lot to be proud of here. Ireland when it comes to our female athletes who have led the way for women in sport globally, it can last and this is boundless success for generations of sub-generations. Irish girls and girls in the future.”
An Post has previously issued stamps marking the achievements of Irish women and pioneering women in the field of literature, while future stamps will feature more athletic women and mark the achievement The work, contribution and resilience of women in Irish society.
The launch of the latest collection comes as there have been some historic breakthroughs in women’s sports recently.
Leona Maguire made history last month when she won an LPGA Tour event, Maggie Farrelly became the first woman to referee in the Allianz Football League and Liverpool FC women’s captain Niamh Fahey did. made her 100th appearance for the Republic of Ireland, joining only three other women in Ireland’s Centurion Club.
The booklet and cover envelope are available at all post offices and online at anpost.com/womeninsport from Thursday, March 3.
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