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Thursday, 19 July 2018

Centenary of the birth of Jack Lynch

Centenary of the birth of Jack Lynch


On August 10, 2017 An Post issued a stamp to commemorate the Centenary of the birth of Jack Lynch.

John Mary "Jack" Lynch (15 August, 1917 – 20 October, 1999) was a Cork barrister and politician who served two terms as Taoiseach of Ireland, from 1966 to 1973 and from 1977 to 1979. He first rose to prominence locally and then nationally as an exceptional sportsman, winning five All-Ireland hurling championships with Cork together with Cork’s first All-Ireland football championship. His legacy was firmly cemented with his inclusion in 1999 on the "Hurling Team of the Millennium".

It was during his first period as Taoiseach that the Northern troubles broke out in 1969 and he decided that a peaceful approach to Northern policy was the only way forward. Other milestones during his time at the top in Irish politics included the appointment of a Commission on the Status of Women in 1970 and this was the first politically significant Irish State initiative on women’s rights and the equality agenda.

He also oversaw Ireland joining the European Economic Community (European Union) in 1973, a defining moment in modern Irish history which contributed to Ireland’s future economic prosperity. 

Following an internal power struggle and the emergence of Charles J Haughey, Lynch resigned as Taoiseach of Ireland and leader of Fianna Fáil in 1979. However, he remained in the Dáil as a TD until his retirement from politics at the 1981 general election. Jack Lynch died in 1999.

This commemorative stamp was designed by Vermillion Design and features a portrait photograph of Jack Lynch.