EUROPA – Bridges
On May 3, 2018, An Post will release their contribution to the 2018 EUROPA stamps, the theme of which this year is Bridges.
Every year, members of European Postal Operators (PostEurop) each issue stamps which reflect a single chosen theme. This year, 2018, the theme is ‘Bridges’.
The concept behind EUROPA stamps is to show co-operation between postal operators and to build awareness of the common roots, culture and history of Europe. First issued in 1956, the stamps demonstrate Europe’s desire for closer integration and co-operation.
The €1 stamp features the dramatic footbridge at Mizen Head in County Cork. The bridge was constructed in 2011 and is a near-replica of the original Victorian steel structure which was completed in 1909 crossing a sea gorge.
The €1.50 stamp features the Boyne Viaduct in County Louth. Opened in 1855, the viaduct is a 30-metre-high railway bridge that crosses the River Boyne in Drogheda and carries the main Dublin–Belfast railway line. At the time of opening, it was only the seventh bridge of its kind in the world and was considered one of the wonders of the age. The viaduct is listed as a heritage structure by the National Inventory of Architectural Heritage.