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Tuesday, 21 November 2017

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 30 such stamps covering up to 13 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 2018.
  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. 

Irish Stamps Annual Report

 Download a copy of our Irish Stamps Report 2016

Stamp Programme 2017


 Issue Date Description  No. of Stamps
12-Jan Ninth Definitive Series — 'A History of Ireland in 100 Objects, a selection' 8
02-Feb Love & Marriage 1
09-Feb WB Yeats and the Noh Tradition 1
23-Feb  St. Patricks Day 1
16-Mar Emoji 2
20-Apr Royal Sites of Ireland 4
04-May  EUROPA — Castles 2
01-Jun Centenary of founding of Lions Club International 1
08-Jun Centenary of the Battle of Messines Ridge 1
29-Jun 150th Anniversary of the death of Thomas Meagher 1
13-Jul 2017 Women's Rugby World Cup 1
20-Jul Irish Railway Stations 4
27-Jul Centenary of the death of Francis Ledwidge 1
10-Aug Centenary of the birth of Jack Lynch 1
07-Sep 50th Anniversary of Free Secondary School Education 1
14-Sep National Ploughing Championships 2
21-Sep Urban Street Art 4
05-Oct 50th Anniversary of the death of Che Guevara 1
05-Oct Postcrossing 1
12-Oct Centenary of the apparitions of Fatima 1
02-Nov Christmas 3
Total number of Commemorative Stamps 42
(inc definitives)  


Stamp Programme 2019

The process of drawing up the Stamp Programme for 2018 is underway and suggestions for topics/subjects have now closed. Suggestions that might be included in the 2019 programme, are now being accepted. You can submit your suggestion by completing our online suggestion form.

Or by writing to                                                     

Stamp Suggestion Programme 2019
Ground Floor
An Post
O' Connell Street Lower
Dublin 1
D01 F5P2

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 Friday, 31 March, 2017.


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 2018 will be approved by the Government in 2017 at which time a further communication will be sent to everyone who submitted a suggestion.