Narrow Water Castle to feature on unique stamp collection

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Tuesday, April 10th, 2012
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Narrow Water Castle has this week been selected to feature on a new unique Royal Mail stamp collection. The castle is the second site in Northern Ireland to be chosen for the collection, and will represent the letter N.

Narrow Water Castle was originally built in the 13th century as part of Norman fortifications designed to protect Newry. However following destruction, the site we know of today was built in the 16th century.

Royal Mail have been working with travel writers, consultants and staff in Belfast over the last 18 months in drawing up a list of potential locations. A Royal Mail spokesman said Narrow Water was chosen as it is one of the “finest examples of 16th century buildings in Ireland”.

Environment Minister Alex Attwood commented on the inclusion of Narrow Water, “Not only is it very appealing visually, it has its own history, not least in its defence from Viking invasions. The built heritage in Northern Ireland are key jewels in our tourism industry. This is in recognition of one of those jewels, the Narrow Water Castle just outside Warrenpoint.”

He continued, “By being reproduced on a stamp raises its profile and will lead to more tourists visiting this splendid coastal resort. In welcoming this announcement I and many others will also recall and remember the terrible events of the past close to this site.”


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