A special commemorative stamp featuring Irish Women’s Rugby Captain Niamh Briggs was unveiled yesterday at the GPO in Dublin, marking another step towards the hosting of the Women’s Rugby World Cup in Dublin and Belfast between August 9th and 26th.
The stamp features an action shot of Briggs in full flow against New Zealand at the 2015 Women’s Rugby World Cup. It was taken by Inpho photographer Dan Sheridan and really captures the steely determination of Briggs who has long been a friend of Sport for Business and spoke eloquently at last years Sport for Business Women in Sport Conference at Griffith College in Dublin.
“It’s such an honour to represent Irish Women’s rugby on this special postage stamp,” said Briggs who started her sporting life as a Gaelic Footballer in her native Waterford and is now on the verge of making history as the first irish captain to lead out her team in a World Cup on home soil.
“It marks this special event for Ireland and will really increase awareness of the tournament in the lead-up to the Women’s World Cup.”
“The whole island has truly embraced Women’s rugby, and the Women’s Rugby World Cup on home soil will be a celebration of all sports and all those who play and support Women’s sport.”
This commemorative stamp and limited edition First Day Cover envelope can be purchased at main post offices and online at www.irishstamps.ie.
The Irish Rugby website has a nice potted history of Irish rugby players appearing on stamps in Ireland and overseas, ranging from issues celebrating the centenary of the IRFU in 1974 through to the most recent until now of Paul O’Connell, with a full head of hair, in 2007. You can see that here.
Sport for Business will be running a special series looking at how each of the sponsors of the Women’s Rugby World Cup are activating their partnership over the coming weeks.
Find out more about our next major event looking at the impact of Sport for Social Good in September 2017.