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Barnardos gets its own stamp on 50th anniversary

The launch of the 55c stamp took place at the GPO yesterday.

Pictured at the launch is five-year-old Swords girl Hannah Mahony
Pictured at the launch is five-year-old Swords girl Hannah Mahony
Image: Patrick Bolger

A SPECIALLY-COMMISSIONED stamp has been unveiled by An Post to mark the golden anniversary of children’s charity Barnardos.

The 55c postage stamp was launched by Communications Minister Pat Rabbitte and Fergus Finlay yesterday afternoon at the GPO.

Finlay said the organisation feels “very honoured” that the Government and An Post has marked its contribution to Irish society “in such a wonderful way”.

“We hope the stamp will spread a message of hope to all who see it and that it might prompt families in need to reach out for our help,” he added.

“Looking back on 50 years, it is humbling to realise that an organisation like Barnardos has made a difference to the lives of more than 100,000 children in Ireland. Many people have been part of the Barnardos journey – to all those who have volunteered their skills and time, who have given whatever they could afford to support our work and most importantly to the children and families who have opened their doors to allow us to make that difference, thank you.”

An Post’s Donal Connell said the stamp will appear “all over the world” as it travels on cards, letters packages and takes its place in philatelic collections.

Designed by Zinc Design, the 55 cent stamp features colourful elements from the paintings of young children attending some of Barnardos 42 project centres.

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