Putting a Stamp on Ireland’s Sportswomen

4th March 2022

Posted In: FYI

This week, An Post unveiled a new booklet of six stamps celebrating some of Ireland’s leading sportswomen. The stamps come at a time when the calibre of performance of Irish sportswomen is at a particularly high point, with athletes excelling at international level competition across a range of disciplines. The stamp booklet and First Day Cover envelope are available in all post offices and online at anpost.com/womeninsport in advance of International Women’s Day on 8th March.

The athletes being honoured on the Irish Women in Sport stamps are:

•Rachael Blackmore, who became the first female top jockey at Cheltenham and the first female Aintree Grand National winner.

•Kellie Harrington and Katie Taylor, both of whom are Olympic boxing gold medallists, and Katie Taylor is a world professional titleholder.

•Ireland Women’s Hockey Team, silver medallists at the 2018 World Cup, who have again qualified for the finals in 2022.

•Ellen Keane for whom winning a gold medal in 2021 capped a memorable 14-year Paralympics journey for the swimmer.

•Sonia O’Sullivan, Ireland’s most successful track and field female athlete, winning 16 major World, European and Olympic medals.

Designed by Dublin studio, Unthink, the stamps are a bold design, multi-coloured on metallic silver. Speaking at the unveiling of the stamps with members of the Irish Hockey Team at the GPO, Hildegard Naughton, Minister of State at the Department of the Environment, Climate and Communications said:

“These stamps celebrate the achievements of Irish women in sport – not just here in Ireland but on a world stage. It is especially fitting that these stamps will be issued by An Post ahead of International Women’s Day, which takes places this year on Tuesday, 8th March.

“It is only right and proper that we celebrate the success of Irish women in sport and what better time to do it than to mark International Women’s Day.  I for one have the utmost respect for the Irish women in sport who are key role models to young girls the length and breadth of the country.

They {Irish Sportswomen} 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 our female athletes who have led the way for women in sport on the global stage. Long may it last and here’s to boundless success for future generations of Irish women and girls.”

An Post has previously 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 across Irish society.

In addition to the success of the sportswomen featured on the stamps, there have been a number of historic breakthroughs in women’s sport recently. In Ireland this includes Leona Maguire’s win on the LPGA Tour; double history-making referee Maggie Farrelly on becoming the first woman to referee in the Allianz Football League and Liverpool FC Women’s Captain, Niamh Fahey making her 100th appearance for the Republic of Ireland, joining only three other women in Ireland’s Centurion Club.

Globally, we have also seen huge progress made by the US Women’s National Soccer Team on closing the gender pay gap within their sport.

Stamp Image (c): Sonia O’Sullivan – Patrick Bolger/INPHO; Rachael Blackmore – Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images Sport/Via Getty Images;   Katie Taylor- Gary Carr/INPHO;    Kellie Harrington – Sam Barnes/Sportsfile and Irish Women’s Hockey – Morgan Treacy/INPHO).