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12th Jul 2018

An Post has created two special stamps to mark the Pope’s visit to Ireland

Conor Heneghan

Pope stamp

These are going to be in high demand.

In case you didn’t already know it, it’s safe to say that the impending visit of Pope Francis to Ireland next month is kind of a big deal.

All 500,000 tickets for his visit to Dublin and all 45,000 tickets for his visit to Knock sold out in no time, as the country gears up for its first Papal visit since the visit of Pope John Paul II in 1979.

To mark the occasion, An Post has created two special stamps to mark his visit and to mark the World Meeting of Families, the event which will bring Pope Francis here at the end of August.

The first stamp, a €1 stamp, shows Pope Francis at the Vatican with a dove, while the second, a €1.50 stamp, shows a family walking on the beach; both stamps include text reading ‘World Meeting of Families 2018’ and its Irish translation ‘Cruinniú Domhanda na dTeaghlach 2018’.

Even if he wanted to, the Pope will barely have time to send a postcard with a stamp bearing his image back home during his time in Ireland; judging by his very busy itinerary, he’ll barely have time to breathe before heading back to the Vatican on 26 August.

The stamps will be released on 26 July. For more information, check out the An Post website.

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