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;
- Anniversaries and commemorations of national and international importance. Preference is for significant anniversaries e.g. 50th, 100th or 200th.
- We are currently accepting suggestions for 2017.
- Contributions by Irish people to international affairs.
- Noteworthy aspects of Ireland, its life, country and people.
- Suitability of the subject for depiction as a stamp.
Stamp Programme 2015
| Issue Date
||No. of Stamps|
||Science Gallery & BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition
||50th Anniversary of the meeting of Seán Lemass and Terence O'Neill
||Love and Marraige
||St. Patrick's Day
||World War I - Gallipoli
||Centenary of the sinking of the RMS Lusitania
||Europa - Old Toys
||150th Anniversary of the birth of WB Yeats
||Ireland - The Food Island
||Pearse's graveside speech for O'Donovan Rossa
||The Five Senses
||Eileen Grey (1878 - 1976)
||50th Anniversary of Mountain Rescue Ireland
||1400th Anniversary of the death of St. Columban
||Total number of Commemorative Stamps
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
O' Connell Street Lower
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.
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.