Ireland today is all about innovation, embracing new ideas while celebrating our traditions and legacy. This is epitomised by a striking new 60c stamp celebrating Dublin’s permanent designation in July 2010 as a UNESCO City of Literature that was unveiled by President Michael D. Higgins, at the Fighting Words Centre in Dublin City recently.
Designed by the Stone Twins, two Amsterdam-based Irish designers (and twin brothers), the bright yellow regular-sized stamp features a short story written last year by Eoin Moore, then aged 17, who participated in Dublin’s Fighting Words creative writing programme for young people. It was selected from stories submitted by primary and secondary school Fighting Words participants, all striving to capture ‘the essence of Dublin’ in precisely 224 words.
The unusual new stamp and a First Day Cover may be viewed and purchased at main post offices, at Dublin’s GPO and online at www.irishstamps.ie
Some of the world’s greatest writers have been inspired by Dublin city – and its literary output continues to capture world audiences. Literature is a major contributor to the city’s cultural, social, intellectual and economic life and literary events in Dublin continually enrich the experiences of visitors and inhabitants alike.
The recent 15th annual Dublin Writers Festival featured top international and Irish authors, and is one of many festivals planned for the summer months showcasing Irish literary talent.
Eoin Moore’s short story, as depicted on An Post’s new 60c stamp celebrating Dublin’s permanent designation as UNESCO City of Literature reads:
Eoin’s story was chosen from hundreds of submissions to appear on the stamp – an achievement which President Higgins described as “extraordinary”.
“James Joyce captured the essence of his Dublin in approximately 265,000 words, Eoin has done so in just 224 – an impressive accomplishment of which many celebrated writers would be deeply envious,” he said.
He said there was much to admire in Eoin’s skilled narrative and the “succinct manner” in which he encapsulated the capital’s character.
Eoin, from Marino in Dublin, is studying English at UCD but was a student at Mount Temple school when he wrote the story. He is also a volunteer at the Fighting Words Centre on Russell Street in north inner city Dublin.