An Post has issued new stamps to acknowledge the Irish Coast Guard’s provision of search and rescue on the coast and waterways of Ireland.
The two new stamps designed by Vermillion Design are based on an original painting by the late Caitriona Lucas, who lost her life while volunteering with the Coast Guard on September 12, 2016.
Members of the Irish Coast Guard and Bernard Lucas, widower of Caitriona Lucas, unveiled the set of stamps in the GPO earlier today.
The artwork depicts a rescue team working at sea, both in the air and on the water. The scene in the painting was divided into two stamps by Vermillion Design.
Debbie Byrne, Managing Director, An Post Retail paid tribute to the Coast Guard.
"We also recognise the families of those Coast Guard volunteers and staff who have lost their lives while serving the Irish people".
Gerard O’Flynn, National Manager of the Coast Guard’s volunteer branch welcomed the stamp saying that he was “delighted with public recognition and particularly pleased that Caitriona's work is being honoured in this way."
"We would hope that the Lucas family will take some strength from this recognition," he said.
The stamps are on sale at main Post Offices nationwide and online at www.irishstamps.ie and from the GPO Dublin.
The ‘N’ rate stamps cover standard letter postage within the island of Ireland.
The Irish Coast Guard responds to maritime and inland search and rescue emergencies with its main objective to reduce the loss of life on lakes, waterways, rivers, sea and coastal areas.
The Coast Guard comprises 65 full-time staff and 940 volunteers who assist on average 4,500 people, saving 200 lives and handling 3,000 maritime emergencies each year.
Key messages from the Coast Guard to always keep in mind: