Narrow Water Castle celebrated on Royal Mail stamp collection

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Thursday, November 15th, 2012
Dignitaries from locations across the UK were invited to a reception at the House of Lords to celebrate Royal Mail’s 26-stamp, alphabetical odyssey around the UK. Around 80 guests, including Councillor Harold McKee from Newry and Mourne District Council joined Royal Mail chief executive Moya Greene at the reception, held in the River Room. The UK A-Z two-part issue celebrates some of the country’s most famous tourist attractions, and includes Narrow Water Castle located at the strategic point where the Newry River meets Carlingford Lough. Speaking to Newry Times, Councillor McKee said, “It is a great honour for the Newry and Mourne area that one of its most historic landmarks has been featured on the Royal Mail’s UK A-Z list. This will raise the profile of our district worldwide and hopefully will encourage most visitors to our beautiful area.” The stamps take collectors on a journey across the UK to famous landmarks such as Stirling Castle, which saw the crowning of the then Mary Stuart as Mary Queen of Scots, in 1543, to the White Cliffs of Dover and the Roman Baths. Built in 1568 as part of the area’s Norman fortifications, Narrow Water Castle is located at the strategic point where the Newry River meets Carlingford Lough. The original keep, which was built in 1212 by Hugh de Lacy, first Earl of Ulster, was destroyed in the 1641 rebellion. However, the tower house that remains, built in 1568, is considered one of the finest examples of 16th century building work in Ireland.
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