Minister for Transport, Tourism & Sport Leo Varadkar unveiled An Post’s new postage stamp celebrating The Gathering Ireland 2013 at the GPO this morning.
Speaking at the GPO, Minister Varadkar said: “It’s a real privilege to launch this stamp which was designed especially for the Gathering. This eye-catching stamp will make its way right around the globe, doing its own job of promoting the Gathering wherever it’s sent.
“The people of Ireland are key to making the Gathering a success. I’m delighted to report that more than 2,500 community Gatherings have already been organised across Ireland. The launch of this stamp is a great opportunity to organise more events this year. I urge anyone with family and friends abroad to use the stamp, send a letter, and invite them home in 2013.”
Watch Minister Varadkar talking about the Gathering stamp here
The colourful 82c stamp was designed by Irish graphic artists Design Factory, and builds on elements of The Gathering’s official logo to form a map of Ireland, representing the huge range and sheer number of events planned around the country this year. It’s available online at irishstamps.ie, at the GPO Stamp Shop in the GPO and at main post offices. 82c covers worldwide airmail postage for a standard letter up to 50g.
The Gathering Ireland 2013 stamp was designed specifically for use on invitations to family, friends, colleagues and acquaintances to come to Ireland this year for celebrations which are expected to attract around 325,000 extra overseas visitors. Gatherings are being organised on a national scale, and by families, individuals and communities across the country.
One very fashionable ‘Gathering’ was on hand to help launch the stamp. Celia Holman-Lee and friends posted off Gathering-stamped invitations to her own major international fashion Gathering which will take place in Limerick City this October. Ms Holman Lee is inviting students from across the UK, the US, Europe and Ireland to compete for the IPB International Young Student Designer of The Year Award 2013.
Alumni Fashion graduates from the city, now scattered throughout the world, are also invited back to Limerick to attend this very special Gathering.