Sunday, 17 March 2013
Ireland is where I was born and to some extent it was where I was brought up too. I almost went back for my university days but decided on somewhere else in the end. It didn't stop me visiting family as often as I could in the meantime. As a result I consider Ireland to be "my" country and so I find the cosy cottage image of Ireland shown on so many postcards quite irritating, especially when they come with stamps like the one shown above marking UNESCO's World Year of Physics which allows a more modern Ireland. The contrast is fun though.
This stamp was sent in 1981, the 50 year anniversary of the Youth Hostel Association in Ireland. An Óige means "youth" in the Irish language. I'm pleased, even amazed, to find I haven't forgotten it all.
The final stamp is my favourite one and comes from a set shown in its entirety today by Bob. I really wish they would re-issue them.
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