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Thursday, 27 November 2014

Stamp Programme

Each year An Post produces on behalf of the Irish Government, a programme of special and commemorative stamps. The programme comprises of around 35 such stamps covering up to 18 different topics.                                                      

How is the Stamp Programme decided on?

All suggestions received for special and commemorative stamps are vetted by an independent committee, the Philatelic Advisory Committee (PAC), which recommends the subjects for inclusion in the programme.  Following ratification of these recommendations by the Board of An Post, they are forwarded to the Government for final approval.

In arriving at recommendations for inclusion in the Programme, the PAC place particular emphasis on subjects which meet the following criteria;

  1. Anniversaries and commemorations of national and international importance. Preference is for significant anniversaries e.g. 50th, 100th or 200th.
  2. We are currently accepting suggestions for 2016.
  3. Contributions by Irish people to international affairs.
  4. Noteworthy aspects of Ireland, its life, country and people.
  5. Suitability of the subject for depiction as a stamp.


Stamp Programme 2014


 Issue Date Description  No. of Stamps
23-Jan Irish Citizen Army 1
30-Jan Greetings 2
13-Feb Weddings 1
20-Feb  St. Patrick's Day 1
20-Mar Brendan Behan (1923-1964) 1
27-Mar  Contemporary Arts II (Visual Arts) 4
03-Apr  Centenary of the founding of Cumann na mBan 1
24-Apr Viking Heritage 2
08-May Europe- Musical Instruments  2
22- May Home Rule Act 1914 1
22-May Bloom      2
12-Jun  World Flower Show   2
17-Jul Irish Animals & Marine Life- Phase V 8
24-Jul World War I (1914-1918) 2
07-Aug The Irish Prison Service 4
28-Aug Seamus Heaney (1939-2013) 1
4-Sep Cats 4
09-Oct       Thomas Davis (1814-1845) 1
16-Oct Game Icons  4
06-Nov       Christmas 3
Total number of Commemorative Stamps 47
(inc definitives)  


Stamp Programme 2016

The process of drawing up the Stamp Programme for 2016 is underway and suggestions for topics/subjects have now closed. Suggestions that might be included in the 2016 programme, are now being accepted. You can submit your suggestion by completing our online suggestion form.

Or by writing to                                                     

Stamp Suggestion Programme 2016
Ground Floor
An Post
O' Connell Street Lower
Dublin 1

If you are sending suggestions from beyond the Republic of Ireland please make sure you put the correct postage on your envelope.

The latest date for close of submissions will be 29 March, 2014.


What next?

 An acknowledgement will be sent to everyone who submits a 
 suggestion and all suggestions will be given due consideration
 by the Philatelic Advisory Committee. It is expected that the 
 Programme for 2015 will be approved by the Government 
 in early 2014 at which time a further communication will be
 sent to everyone who submitted a suggestion.