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This afternoon.

At the Aviva Stadium in Dublin.

Ireland’s fly-half Johnny Sexton and Ireland’s rugby head coach Joe Schmidt – pictured with Chief Executive of An Post and David McRedmond (third pic) – were revealed as the faces of a two-stamp set celebrating Irish rugby ahead of the Rugby World Cup in Japan.

The €1 limited edition stamps were created by Irish design house Zinc Design Consultants and are on sale at post offices, Dublin’s GPO and online at irishstamps.ie.


Pics: Maxwell Photography 

A new seres of eight pleasingly textured stamps form the US Postal Service. To wit:

A special coating applied to selected areas of the stamps during the printing process gives them a texture that mimics the feel of a: baseball’s stitching; golf ball’s dimples; tennis ball’s seams; soccer ball or volleyball’s textured panels; and, the different raised patterns of a football, basketball and kickball.


Animation AuldAnimation NellyNoraAnimation KellsAnimation Roy

From top: Give Up Your Aul Sins; Nelly & Nora; The Secret of Kells and Roy

New stamps from An Post celebrating Irish animation created by Dublin-based Vermillion Design.

And the first to feature Augmented Reality technology.


Feargal Purcell writes:

In a first for An Post,when scanned by a Smartphone with the CEE App installed*, a specially produced film featuring Roy, Give Up Yer Aul Sins, The Secret of Kells and Nelly & Nora, and other animated works can be seen. The film was produced by IFB [Irish Film Board],  Animation Ireland and Enterprise Ireland…

Stamps available here

CEE app installed here or at iTunes here


A new stamp to commemorate the centenary of the founding of Cumann na mBan (The Irishwomen’s Council) tomorrow, April 3.

Anna McHugh writes;

“Designed by Ger Garland, the stamp features Cumann na mBan members driving at the head of the funeral of citizens shot during the Howth arms landing (courtesy of Kilmainham Gaol Museum). Cumann na mBan was a women’s nationalist organisation founded to ‘advance the cause of Irish liberty’. Its constitution provided for the use of force by arms against the Crown Forces in Ireland. Their patriotic aims attracted thousands of Irish women eager to play their part in the fight for Irish independence and by October 1914, Cumann na mBan had upwards of 60 branches…”

Good times.


The History of Cumann na Mban (An Phoblacht)

-3A new set of stamps to herald “four of Ireland’s most outstanding contemporary public buildings”

Clockwise from top:

The Lewis Glucksman Gallery at UCC, Cork. Designed by O’Donnell + Tuomey Architects, it was awarded the Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland (RIAI) Downes medal in 2005.

The Cork Institute of Technology in Bishopstown (60c) Designed by de Blacam and Meagher Architects. It received the RIAI Best Educational Building Award in 2007.

Fingal County Hall in Swords, Co Dublin (90c) It received an award from RIAI in 2007 and was designed by Bucholz McEvoy Architects.

Croke Park in Dublin’(90c) Designed by Gilroy McMahon Architects, it was awarded a gold medal in the RIAI 2007 Awards.



Thanks Feargal Purcell


A six-week supply of Great Britain stamps  (an old batch from 1912-13) was received in Dublin on February 10, 1922.

And overprinting began the same day.

A week later, Ireland’s first official postage stamps were made available to the public

Shortly after the overprints appeared, Winston Churchill, then Secretary of State for the Colonies, was questioned in Parliament “whether the King’s head on British stamps . . . had been defaced by being printed over by the Irish Provisional Government . . . .” Churchill responded that “. . . it is the usual practice in a period of transition to overprint postage stamps, and the present arrangement has been agreed to by His Majesty’s Government . . . .”


1922 Set with Overprint (RareBooks.net)

Thanks Sibling of Daedalus