An Post and the Port of Cork Company unveiled a new postage stamp collection on 17th July celebrating the Port of Cork and Cork Harbour.The three stamps, designed by Steve Simpson, feature MV Queen Elizabeth berthed at Cobh Cruise Berth, Ireland’s only dedicated Cruise berth, a Maersk Vessel carrying large containers of bananas into Ringaskiddy Deep-water berth and the Cork Clipper yacht racing past Cobh as part of the Clipper race in 2010. Collectively these stamps celebrate Cork Harbour and highlight its importance as a commercial port, a cruise destination and a beautiful leisure amenity for everyone to enjoy. The Port of Cork has been for many years the main trade link for the south coast of Ireland and today the Port remains a vibrant busy port, facilitating the movement of imports and exports. The Port of Cork is a key link to the continued economic success of Ireland and in particular the entire Munster region.
Speaking at the postage stamp launch in Custom House, Mr Brendan Keating Port of Cork Chief Executive said: “This is a great honour for the Port and indeed Cork Harbour, to be featured on An Post’s latest postage stamp collection. These stamps will not only raise awareness of the Port of Cork locally and nationally, but once posted these stamps will begin to make their way around the world, which is super recognition for Cork.”
He continued: “I’d like to thank all those involved in the process and particularly the An Post design team for producing an excellent collection of stamps of which we are very proud.”
The Port of Cork stamp set and accompanying First Day Cover and Miniature sheet set will go on sale nationwide immediately. They can also be ordered at irishstamps.ie or by calling 01-7057400.
To coincide with the launch of the stamps, the Port of Cork also announced the winner of their Photograph Competition themed ‘Cork Harbour – A Port in Focus’. Tony O’Driscoll from Cobh, Co. Cork was the overall winner and to mark his achievement his photograph was designed into a postcard. Today the postcard was unveiled with the stamps attached, all ready for posting. There were over 130 photographs received for the competition, which greatly exceeded the Port of Cork’s expectations.