Stamps of approval: Irish heroes of Chilean independence honoured

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TWO IRISH heroes of Chile’s struggle for independence were honoured yesterday with commemorative postal stamps issued in both countries.

Bernardo O’Higgins, whose father was from Sligo, was once supreme ruler of Chile and is known as the country’s founding father, while John (Juan) MacKenna was born in Monaghan but went on to serve as commandant general of the Chilean army.

The 82 cent stamps are being issued in the context of the bicentenary of Chile’s independence and feature both men in full military dress....

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