Ryder Cup Postage Stamps Unveiled at The K Club
Four new postage stamps celebrating the outstanding contribution of Irish golfers to The Ryder Cup, among them Padraig Harrington, Darren Clarke and Christy O'Connor Senior, and Ireland's hosting of the 2006 event have been unveiled.
27 September 2005
Four new stamps celebrating the outstanding contribution of Irish golfers to The Ryder Cup and Ireland's hosting of the event next year have been unveiled by Mr Noel Dempsey TD, Minister for Communications, Marine and Natural Resources at The K Club, Straffan, Co. Kildare in Ireland.
Speaking at the event, Minister Dempsey said that as a globally-renowned golfing event, The Ryder Cup has seen the participation of many Irish golfers since the event's formal inception in 1927.
"It is only fitting that we take this opportunity to acknowledge and pay tribute to the enormous contribution that they have made to this great event down the years. An Post, in their Commemorative Stamp Programme for 2005 and 2006 are paying tribute to The Ryder Cup and the great Irish golfers who have added so much to the competition," he said.
Darren Clarke, Padraig Harrington and Paul McGinley, who played in Europe's record 18 1/2-9 1/2 victory over the United States last year, are featured on a 48-cent stamp, holding aloft The Ryder Cup after McGinley's ten foot putt on The De Vere Belfry's 18th green secured the Cup's return to Europe, while a second 48 cent stamp features photographic portraits of Eamonn Darcy, Christy O'Connor Jnr and Philip Walton.
Christy O'Connor Senior -- who played in 10 consecutive Ryder Cups -- Ronan Rafferty and the late Harry Bradshaw are shown on a 60-cent stamp while a 65-cent denomination shows a photograph of The K Club's 18th hole, designed by Arnold Palmer, with the clubhouse in the background.
An Post has also launched a special booklet for golf enthusiasts and the corporate market containing four of each new stamp alongside detailed background information about Ireland's involvement in The Ryder Cup by golf writer Dermot Gilleece.
Speaking at the event, An Post Chairperson, Margaret McGinley said: "These new stamps speak volumes about Ireland and its people; our proud sporting tradition; our ability to compete with consummate skill at the very highest international level; the determination and prowess of our sportspeople; our fine tradition of hospitality and welcome and the relatively new spirit of confidence and self-belief that underscores Irish business, sporting and personal success."
Richard Hills, Europe's Ryder Cup Director, said that Irish golfers have made an enormous contribution to Europe's Ryder Cup cause down the years. "These four new stamps will provide a lasting legacy of The 2006 Ryder Cup at The K Club to members of the public and collectors alike," he added.
An Post expects strong interest in the stamps and special booklets from philatelists and golfing enthusiasts worldwide. The new stamps and booklet (€9.50) may be viewed or purchased at www.irishstamps.ie , at main post offices and at the GPO, Dublin.
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