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Saturday, 03 December 2016

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. 

Stamp Programme 2016


 Issue Date Description  No. of Stamps
21-Jan 1916-2016 Eighth Definitve Stamp Series 16
28-Jan 50th Anniversary of the Irish Heart Foundation 1
11-Feb Love & Marriage 1
25-Feb  St. Patricks Day 1
10-Mar Dogs 4
07-Apr Bicentenary of the birth of Charles Gavan Duffy 1
12-May  Europa ("Think Green") 2
23-Jun Centenary of the Battle of the Somme 1
28-Jul Wild Atlantic Way 4
18-Aug Irish Shop Fronts 4
15-Sep Cycling in Ireland 4
06-Oct Commissioner of Irish Lights   4
03-Nov Christmas 3
Total number of Commemorative Stamps 30
(inc definitives)  


Stamp Programme 2018

The process of drawing up the Stamp Programme for 2017 is underway and suggestions for topics/subjects have now closed. Suggestions that might be included in the 2018 programme, are now being accepted. You can submit your suggestion by completing our online suggestion form.

Or by writing to                                                     

Stamp Suggestion Programme 2018
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 2017 will be approved by the Government in 2016 at which time a further communication will be sent to everyone who submitted a suggestion.