08/06/11

08.06.11 Deenihan welcomes An Post launch of Ireland’s National Parks stamp series

Jimmy Deenihan TD Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht today (Wednesday 8th June, 2011) welcomed the launch of the stamp series by An Post themed around Ireland’s National Parks.

The Minister said that the stamps would literally bring the parks into every home in the Country and beyond and that they should serve as a reminder to every household of the wonderful facilities and enjoyment to be had in exploring our National Parks. He then went on to say that a visit to a National park should be on everyone’s agenda this year.  He said “the six National Parks of Ireland are there for all to enjoy.  They demonstrate the remarkable variety of Ireland’s natural heritage and we are so fortunate that their locations around the Country give everyone easy access to one of these areas of unrivalled natural rugged beauty”.

The National Parks & Wildlife Service, which is part of the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, conserves their wide range of habitats and species and develops facilities so that the public can visit and appreciate them. The six National Parks are Glenveagh National Park, Ballycroy National Park, Connemara National Park, The Burren National Park, Wicklow Mountains National Park and Killarney National Park. Each National Park is different in terms of its historic, conservation, landscape and tourism qualities.  All are of both national and international importance.

The stunning scenery within the Parks along with the very photogenic qualities ensured that they were eminently suitable for reproduction on stamps depicting different natural, cultural and scenic topics and landscapes.

The Minister went on to say that “the stamps will be visually attractive, they will also serve to bring to attention and appreciation, both at home and internationally, these important natural and historic resources and will also serve to promote tourism. There is evidence to suggest that Ireland’s natural environment and particularly its national parks are an increasingly important element of our national tourism product.”

This is a good opportunity to promote Ireland and the Minister welcomed wholeheartedly this particular stamp series and commended An Post for the effort and professionalism they afforded the finished product.

ENDS

To interview Minister Deenihan contact 087 2908193 / 6313838

Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, 23 Kildare Street, Dublin , D02 TD30. Tel: 01 631 3800 / LoCall: 1890 383 000

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