Irish Stamps: St Patrick’s Day (2015)

St Patrick’s Day is celebrated all over the world with particularly big parades in the United States, Britain, Canada, Argentina, Australia and New Zealand. The day itself is a public holiday in the North and South of Ireland but also in Newfoundland, Labrador and Montserrat which all have strong Irish connections but for very different reasons.

  • Newfoundland and Labrador were Canadian provinces that experienced high rates of Irish immigration
  • Montserrat was one of the Caribbean islands that Cromwell forcibly ‘transported’ Irish Catholics to as ‘white slaves’ and indentured servants as his Commonwealth administration cleared confiscated Irish estates in order to pay his soldiers after the English Civil War and to punish those who had sided with a corrupt king (Charles I)
Ireland 2015 St. Patrick's Day €1

Ireland 2015 St. Patrick’s Day €1

An Post now issue a St Patrick’s Day stamp every year and this year’s stamp, designed by Steve Simpson, is an illustration of St. Patrick in the style of the first definitive series of postage stamps which were issued by the newly formed Free State in 1922.

  • Four designs were commissioned by the Postmaster General in February 1922 and printed by the Government Printers at Dublin Castle.
  • The designs were all symbolic in nature and featured
    • a Map of Ireland,
    • the Cross of Cong,
    • the Sword of Light,
    • the Arms of the Four Provinces.

Techincal Details:

Date of Issue: February 26, 2015
Value & Quantity: €1.00 (116k)
Stamp Design: Steve Simpson
Stamp Size: 29.8mm x 40.64mm
Colour: Pantone 340c & 1505c with phosphor tagging
Make – up: Sheetlets of 16
Perforations: 14.1 x 14.3
Printing Process: Lithography
Printer: Cartor Security Printers

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