Stamp Issues and Philatelic Publications
An Post issued 40 commemorative stamps in 2011. In addition, a further eight stamps were introduced in the Irish Animals and Marine Life Definitive Series.
The stamp programme features the work of ireland’s finest artists and designers. highlights included stamp issues celebrating irish craft, ireland’s first hosting of the solheim cup women’s international golf competition and the 50th anniversary of the first rté television broadcast.
2011 marked the introduction of phase II of the Seventh Definitive Series comprising a further eight stamps in the Irish Animals and Marine Life collection. This is the second phase of the innovative Stamps On A Roll (SOAR) product by which the value of each stamp is printed at the time of purchase according to the postage required. Also two stamps from phase I showing the Red Squirrel and Bottlenose Dolphin were issued as a stamp coil.
A set of four stamps based on paintings by Ireland’s leading equestrian artist, Peter Curling, celebrated The Irish Horse. They show four horses common in Ireland; the Thoroughbred Horse, the Connemara Pony, the Coloured Horse and the Irish Draught Horse.
Great institutions such as Amnesty International, the American Chamber of Commerce, Ireland and the Irish Amateur Boxing Association were celebrated for special anniversaries which took place during the year.
The centenary of the birth of Brian O’Nolan “Flann O’Brien” was marked with a stamp featuring a painting of the writer by his brother, artist Micheál Ó Nualláin.
A diverse portfolio of associated collateral was also produced, including a Year Pack and First Day Cover Collection. Once again, the Irish Stamps Year Book was produced to the highest standards of design in text and imagery, featuring all issues from the annual programme in both a standard and luxury edition.