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Sunday, 22 April 2018

EUROPA Castles

EUROPA – Castles


On May 4, 2017 An Post issued a stamp to celebrating the theme Castles.

Every year An Post issues EUROPA stamps, along with other members of European Post Offices (PostEurop). There is a theme for these stamps and for 2017 it is ‘Castles’, something that Ireland just happens to have in abundance.

EUROPA stamp issues are among the most collected and popular stamps in the world and the 2017 series from An Post features two of our most famous castles: Dublin Castle in the capital and King John’s Castle in Co. Limerick, which are also amongst the finest Norman castles built in Europe.

Originally built in the 13th century on a site previously settled by the Vikings, Dublin Castle is right in the very heart of our busy capital city. For over 800 years it has always been in use, either as a military fortress, prison, treasury, courts of law or for 700 years, as the seat of English Administration in Ireland. Nowadays,

Dublin Castle is a major Irish government complex and is often used for important State receptions.

On the other side of the country, but of a similar age, King John’s Castle is situated on 'King's Island' in the heart of medieval Limerick city. Although the site dates back to 922 when the Vikings lived on the Island,

King John’s Castle itself was built on the orders of King John in 1200. It overlooks the majestic river Shannon and is one of the best–preserved Norman castles in Europe – the walls, towers and fortifications are all still intact there today.