[IRLGuideDogs] Braille stamp to mark guide dogs' anniversary

  • From: "Tim Culhane" <tim.culhane@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <irlguidedogs@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 7 Jul 2006 14:28:56 +0100

From  breaking news section of  ireland.com:

Braille stamp to mark guide dogs' anniversary

Ireland's first braille postage stamp has been produced to mark the 30th
anniversary of Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind.

The stamp incorporates several special design features to facilitate
visually impaired and blind customers, including, braille embossing on the
48c denomination.

Speaking at the launch in Cork, Minister for Communications Noel Dempsey
said he was proud to launch the stamp commemorating the charity.

"Socially, the role played by Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind in ensuring
that the visually impaired are empowered to participate in and contribute to
society is truly commendable," he said.

"I know that the success of the organisation is down to the time,
determination and selfless commitment of the many volunteers associated with
the charity,"
he added.

The stamp's colours were chosen to provide maximum contrast between the red
guide dog silhouette in the foreground and the pale yellow background. The
and font size as well as the unusually wide gap between the images and the
text have been designed for maximum visibility.

Designed by Steve Simpson, the stamp and special first day cover are
available from main Post Offices, GPO Dublin, GPO Cork, by phone at 01 705
7400 and
online at

Tim Culhane,
Critical Path Ireland,
42-47 Lower Mount Street,
Dublin 2.
Direct line: 353-1-2415107
phone: 353-1-2415000


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