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On August 2, An Post will release four new stamps to celebrate the Royal Dublin Society (RDS).

The Royal Dublin Society (RDS) best-known for its showground’s and exhibition space, is a well-known Dublin landmark and home to this unique Irish society.

The society was founded in 1931, in the Philosophical Rooms of Trinity College Dublin. The Dublin Society as it was first known was established to improve the poor economic condition of the country by promoting agriculture, arts, industry and science. 

Everything changed in 1877 when the State took over the bulk of the RDS cultural possessions. The RDS Museum became the National Museum of Ireland, the RDS Library formed the foundation collections of the National Library, the Drawing Schools became the Dublin Metropolitan School of Art (later the National College of Art and Design) while its Botanical Gardens became the National Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin.

In 1924 the RDS sold Leinster House to the Government and moved to Ballsbridge on land it used for its Spring Shows and Horse Shows. Over the years the showground’s as it is known have been developed into Ireland’s largest conference and events centre, regularly hosting major concerts, exhibitions and other functions as well as being home to Leinster Rugby.

Today, the RDS is acknowledged as one of the world’s oldest philanthropic societies. It continues to support science, arts, industry and agriculture in Ireland through projects overseen by committees of the society’s members.