New ‘rain’ stamp issued to celebrate the Irish weather
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New ‘rain’ stamp issued to celebrate the Irish weather

A NEW stamp inspired by the Irish weather has been issued by An Post and it’s a noticeably wet affair.

A Stamp for Ireland boasts an extensive design depicting a typically Irish scene complete with green fields, a blue sky and…torrential rain.

The rain is represented in metallic silver raindrops containing English and Irish words An Post describes as “everyday expressions of rain”.

These include such dour terms as "rotten", "bucketing", "wetting rain" and "raining stair rods" along with "ceobhrán" and "brádán".

A tongue-in-cheek take on meteorological matters in Ireland, the new stamp carries a ‘W’ symbol indicating it can be used for international posting.

It’s the work of Amsterdam-based Irish designers Garech and Declan Stone who decided to take a humorous approach to the stamp.

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The design has been created to highlight the way the weather plays an integral role in the Irish identity.

More specifically, how the weather - and the rain - dominates everyday discussion among the public.

According to An Post, the design was partly inspired by the Inuit peoples who have 50 different words for snow.

To their way of thinking, the Irish have a similar number of words to describe the rain – hence the uniquely rain-soaked design.