Laois woman puts stamp on Papal visit

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Laois woman puts stamp on Papal visit

The Papal stamp

A Laois designer has been commissioned by An Post to design the stamps for the forthcoming Papal visit.

Vermillion Design, which was founded by Coolrain woman, Anne Brady in 1999 won the commission for the historic occasion. 
The Dublin based graphic design business has a national and international client base.

In 1979 during the last papal visit, Anne was in primary school in Camross N.S. She attended secondary school in the Brigidine Convent Mountrath where she was encouraged to be a designer by Sr Finbarr Richardson, the Art teacher and principal.

“I went on to study design in Athlone IT and University of Reading," says Anne. "I founded Vermillion Design in 1999.
"In 2017, I was selected from a panel of over 100 Irish designers to create the commemorative stamps, first day cover and souvenir items for An Post.

"It was a great honour to be chosen,” says Anne.

Vermillion diverse range of clients have included the OPW, Cambridge University, the Chester Beatty Library, Fyffes, the National Gallery of Ireland, University College Cork, Gas Network Ireland and the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford.

A print run of 500,000 €1 stamps bearing an image of the pontiff with a dove taking flight and 100,000 €1.50 stamps featuring a family walking on a beach has been commissioned.

The stamps went on sale at post offices nationwide last with special first day covers, stamp miniature sheets and souvenir sheets available at the GPO and online.