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Saturday, 28 November 2015

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 2017.
  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 2015


 Issue Date Description  No. of Stamps
07-Jan Science Gallery & BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition 2
22-Jan 50th Anniversary of the meeting of Seán Lemass and Terence O'Neill 1
12-Feb Love and Marraige 1
26-Feb  St. Patrick's Day 1
20-Mar Animation Ireland 4
23-Apr World War I - Gallipoli 2
07-May  Centenary of the sinking of the RMS Lusitania 2
14-May Europa - Old Toys 2
04-Jun 50th Anniversary of Mountain Rescue Ireland 2
11-Jun 150th Anniversary of the birth of WB Yeats 1
16-Jul Ireland - The Food Island 4
30-Jul Pearse's graveside speech for O'Donovan Rossa   1
13-Aug Eileen Gray (1878 - 1976) 4
10-Sep The Five Senses 5
22-Oct 1400th Anniversary of the death of St. Columban 1
05-Nov Christmas 3
Total number of Commemorative Stamps 36
(inc definitives)  


Stamp Programme 2017

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 2017 programme, are now being accepted. You can submit your suggestion by completing our online suggestion form.

Or by writing to                                                     

Stamp Suggestion Programme 2017
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, 13 March, 2015.


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 2016 will be approved  by the Government in early 2015 at which time a further communication will be sent to everyone who submitted a suggestion.