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;
- 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 2018.
- 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 2017
| Issue Date
||No. of Stamps|
||Ninth Definitive Series — 'A History of Ireland in 100 Objects, a selection'
||Love & Marriage
||WB Yeats and the Noh Tradition
||St. Patricks Day
||Royal Sites of Ireland
||EUROPA — Castles
||Centenary of founding of Lions Club International
||Centenary of the Battle of Messines Ridge
||150th Anniversary of the death of Thomas Meagher
||Irish Railway Stations
||Centenary of the death of Francis Ledwidge
||Centenary of the birth of Jack Lynch
||50th Anniversary of Free Secondary School Education
||National Ploughing Championships
||Urban Street Art
||50th Anniversary of the death of Che Guevara
||Centenary of the apparitions of Fatima
||Total number of Commemorative Stamps
Stamp Programme 2019
The process of drawing up the Stamp Programme for 2018 is underway and suggestions for topics/subjects have now closed. Suggestions that might be included in the 2019 programme, are now being accepted. You can submit your suggestion by completing our online suggestion form.
Or by writing to
Stamp Suggestion Programme 2019
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, 31 March, 2017.
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 2018 will be approved by the Government in 2017 at which time a further communication will be sent to everyone who submitted a suggestion.