An Post has unveiled a new booklet of six stamps celebrating some of Ireland’s top female athletes ahead of International Women’s Day on March 8.
Athletes honored on the Irish Women in Sport stamps are Rachel Blackmore, Kellie Harrington, Katie Taylor, Sonia O’Sullivan, Ellen Keane and the Irish Women’s Hockey Team.
An Post said the stamps come at a time when the caliber of Irish sportswoman performance is at “a particularly high point”, with athletes excelling in international-level competition across a range of disciplines.
Last year, Rachael Blackmore became Cheltenham’s first female top jockey and Aintree’s first female Grand National winner.
Kellie Harrington and Katie Taylor are Olympic gold medalists in boxing, and Taylor is a professional world champion.
Cork legend Sonia O’Sullivan is Ireland’s most successful female track and field athlete, winning 16 major World, European and Olympic medals.
Ellen Keane capped a memorable 14-year Paralympic journey by winning a gold medal last summer.
Meanwhile, the Irish women’s hockey team won silver medals at the 2018 World Cup and again qualified for the final in 2022.
The stamps were designed by Dublin studio Unthink and An Post said they had a “bold, multicolored design on metallic silver”.
Each athlete’s name appears in large print, behind a sporting highlight, captured by sports photojournalists from Irish agencies Inpho and Sportsfile and Getty Images.
Speaking at the unveiling of the stamps with members of the Irish hockey team at the GPO, Junior Minister Hildegard Naughton said the collection celebrates the achievements of Irish women in sport in Ireland on the world stage.
“It is particularly appropriate that these stamps are issued by An Post ahead of International Women’s Day, which this year takes place on Tuesday, March 8,” she said.
“It is right and appropriate that we celebrate the success of Irish women in sport and what better time to do so than to mark International Women’s Day. For my part, I have the greatest respect for Irish women in sport who are key role models for young girls across the country.
“They demonstrate how strength, resilience and determination can pay off when you, or your team, set a goal and strive to achieve it. We have a lot to be proud of in Ireland when it comes to is about our female athletes who have paved the way for women in sport on the world stage. Long may it last and here is boundless success for future generations of Irish women and girls.”
An Post has already issued stamps marking the achievements of pioneering Irish women and women in literature, while future stamps will feature more sportswomen and mark the success, contribution and resilience of women in Irish society.
The launch of the latest collection comes as there have been a number of historic breakthroughs in women’s sport recently.
Leona Maguire made history last month by winning 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 made her 100th appearance for the Republic of Ireland, joining only three other women in Centurion Club of Ireland.
The booklet and cover envelope are available from all post offices and online at anpost.com/womeninsport from Thursday 3 March.