Unveiled by President Michael D. Higgins at Roddy Doyle’s Fighting Words Centre earlier this week, Ireland’s newest postal stamp features a little piece of creative writing by Eoin Moore, a Dublin teenager—a participant in Dublin’s ‘Fighting Words’ creative writing programme for young people last year.
The 60c stamp was commissioned to celebrate Dublin’s designation as a UNESCO City of Literature.
Designed by the Stone Twins, two Amsterdam-based Irish designers, the bright yellow rectangular stamp includes all 224 of Eoin Moore’s words, which seek to give voice to the essence of the city.
Below is Eoin’s piece in full (he was 17 years old at time of writing it):
“The thick clouds cover up the moonlight, but the city’s lights provide worthwhile illumination—above them all, the beacon burns bright atop the monolithic podium, signalling to wayfaring voyages the ancient Viking settlement. Now, where Norsemen once stood, I look back, along the quays, streets and alleys, to where the inhabitants live their lives: eating, speaking, and breathing their city into existence. It gives me cause to wonder, as I stroll aimlessly along the cobbled paths, about those who have traversed them before me, by carriage or before there were even cobbles to walk upon. I feel their lives and mine are somehow connected, that we all were at one point a part of this city, living pieces of its grand, striking framework. Every High King and scholar, every playwright and poet, every politician and every rebel, every merchant, student, and busker who ever set foot in the city holds or held onto a chunk of this city’s soul; every one of them stepped to the city’s heartbeat. I listen to the streets at night and I can feel the city’s lifeblood pumping through me; I can feel myself flowing through it. All of us who travel those arteries step on the words, actions, and lives of those who travelled them before us. The city embodies the people, and the people embody the city.”
A collector’s item, surely.