Irish Postal Service issues stamps inspired by the Book of Kells

An Post, the Irish postal service, has issued two new stamps featuring illustrations from the Book of Kells.

The brightly colored stamps show the profile of the lion, a recurring image in the manuscript, symbolizing Christ and the Resurrection.

The Book of Kells is believed to have been produced by the order of monks of St. Columba of Iona, Scotland, and brought to Kells Abbey in County Meath in 806 after the Viking raids on Iona. It has been on display in the old library of Trinity College Dublin since the mid-19th century and now attracts over 500,000 visitors a year.

“We are delighted that these exquisite images from the Book of Kells will feature in An Post’s Stamp for Ireland series marking St. Patrick’s Day,” said Helen Shenton, Librarian and Academic Archivist at Trinity College Dublin Library. “The Book of Kells is an iconic symbol of Irish identity around the world and it is fitting that such beautifully illustrated stamps communicate with those living in Ireland and abroad.”

Photo courtesy of An Post

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