Caitríona Lucas remembered with new An Post stamps

Caitríona Lucas remembered with new An Post stamps

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An Post has issued two stamps marking Irish Coast Guard’s provision of search, rescue and monitoring services at sea, on the coast and waterways of Ireland.

The stamps designed by Vermillion Design are based on an original painting by the late Caitriona Lucas, who sadly lost her life while volunteering with the Coast Guard on September 12, 2016.

Members of the Irish Coast Guard and Bernard Lucas, widower of Caitriona unveiled the set of stamps in the GPO earlier today while a Coast Guard team displayed the new stamps in Dublin Bay.  The artwork depicts a rescue team working at sea, both in the air and on the water. The scene in the painting was divided into two stamps by Vermillion Design.

The Irish Coast Guard responds to maritime and inland search and rescue emergencies with its main objective to reduce the loss of life on lakes, waterways, rivers, sea and coastal areas.  The brave men and women, comprising 65 full-time staff and 940 volunteers, selflessly assist on average 4,500 people, saving 200 lives and handling 3,000 maritime emergencies every year.

The stamps are based on this original painting by the late Caitríona Lucas 

Debbie Byrne, Managing Director, An Post Retail paid tribute to the Coast Guard “Stamps mark important aspects of Irish life and this beautiful stamps acknowledge the service given by members of the Coast Guard to keep us safe when we are in or near the water.  We also recognise the families of those Coast Guard volunteers and staff who have lost their lives while serving the Irish people.”

Gerard O’Flynn, National Manager of the Coast Guard’s volunteer branch welcomed the stamp saying that he was “Delighted with public recognition and particularly pleased that Caitriona’s work is being honoured in this way. We would hope that the Lucas family will take some strength from this recognition.”

The stamps are on sale at main Post Offices nationwide and online at www.irishstamps.ie  and from the GPO Dublin. ‘N’ rate covers standard letter postage within the island of Ireland.

Caitríona Lucas (centre): Photo: © Pat Flynn 2012

Key messages from the Coast Guard for all of us to bear in mind:

Dial 112 for the Coast Guard

  • If you see somebody in trouble or if you think they are in trouble at sea, on the water or along the coast Dial 112 and ask for the COAST GUARD.

Stay Back – Stay High – Stay Dry

  • When on sea side walks and other coastal activities avoid any unfamiliar routes/areas and be mindful of changes caused by coastal erosion and the risk of trip, slips and falls.

Stay Afloat –Stay in Touch

  • Never engage in any commercial or recreational boating activity without wearing a fully serviced Life Jacket or Personal Flotation Device coupled with a capacity to raise the alarm via means such as a VHF radio, Personal Locator Beacon or mobile phone.

 

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Chief Reporter Pat Flynn has worked as a journalist for almost 30 years. His career began during the late 1980s when, like many aspiring radio presenters of the time, he worked for local pirate radio stations in Clare and Limerick. Pat joined Clare FM in 1990 where he worked as researcher initially and later presented several different programmes including the station's flagship current affairs programme. He was also the station's News Editor and Deputy Controller of Programmes. Despite leaving in 2003 to pursue a career as a freelance journalist, he continues to work with the station to this day. As well as being the Clare Herald’s Chief Reporter Pat is also freelance journalist and broadcaster, contributing to Ireland’s national newspapers and is a regular contributor to national broadcasters.

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