List of people on the postage stamps of Ireland

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1929 commemorative set issued for Catholic emancipation centenary showing Daniel O'Connell

This is a list of people on stamps of Ireland, including the years when they appeared on a stamp.

Because no Irish stamps were designed prior to 1929, the first Irish stamps issued by the Provisional Government of Ireland were the then-current British definitive postage stamps bearing a portrait of George V that were overprinted Rialtas Sealadaċ na hÉireann 1922 (translates as Provisional Government of Ireland 1922) and issued on 17 February 1922. The overprint was later changed to Saorstát Éireann 1922 (Irish Free State 1922).

The Irish Free State issued the first commemorative stamps depicting a person on 22 June 1929 when Oifig an Phoist, the Irish Post Office, a section of the Department of Posts and Telegraphs, issued a set of three stamps showing Daniel O'Connell. O'Connell is one of a small number of people shown in two issues, including Wolfe Tone and Arthur Guinness. The 2009 Guinness issue included postmarks with his trade mark signature, a first in philately.[1]

The Department of Posts and Telegraphs and, after 1984, An Post, designed stamps showing statesmen, religious, literary and cultural figures, athletes, etc. Until the mid-1990s it was usual policy not to issue stamps showing living persons, the only exceptions being Douglas Hyde (stamp 1943, d. 1949, illustrated below) and Louis le Brocquy (stamp 1977, d. 2012, illustrated below), but this policy has been put aside and there have recently been several issues showing living persons. For the millennium, 30 millennium stamps were issued showing living Irish sportsmen.

1929–1950s[edit]

1943 stamp Douglas Hyde commemorating the Gaelic League
Commodore John Barry

1960s and 1970s[edit]

1977 Louis le Brocquy Stamp

1980s[edit]

1980
1981
1982
1983
1984
1985
1986
1987
1989 Margaret Burke Sheridan Birth Anniversary
1988
1989

1990s[edit]

1990
1991
1993
1994
1995
1996
1996 Centenary of Irish Cinema, 4 stamp set featuring 12 Irish actors in 4 Irish films[2]
1997 75th Anniversary of Irish Free State
1997
1998
1999

2000–2004[edit]

2000
2001
2002
2003
2004

2005–2010[edit]

2005
2006
2007
2008
2009[4]
2010[5]

2011–2015[edit]

2011[9]
2012
2013[14]
2014
2015

2016–2020[edit]

2016 Easter Rising centenary definitives[edit]

[28]

2016
2017
2018
2019
2020

2021–25[edit]

2021

See also[edit]

References and sources[edit]

Notes
  1. ^ First day of issue postmarks, 28 August 2009
  2. ^ "Ireland 1996: Irish Cinema Centenary". Emerald Isle Gifts, original stamps from An Post. Retrieved 2014-11-19.
  3. ^ http://images.delcampe.com/img_large/auction/000/186/714/814_001.jpg?v=1
  4. ^ Warren, Brian (Summer 2010). "That Was The Year That Was:2009". The Revealer. Éire Philatelic Association. 60 (259): 10–20. ISSN 0484-6125.
  5. ^ The Collector (PDF), 01/10, An Post, 2010, pp. 10, 12, 14, retrieved 2010-07-13
  6. ^ The Collector (PDF), 03/10, An Post, 2010, p. 17, retrieved 2010-11-02
  7. ^ a b "Irish Role in Chilean Independence – New Joint Issue". StampNews.com. Retrieved 2010-11-02.
  8. ^ a b c d e f McQuillan, Deirdre (10 July 2010). "Stamp Of Approval". Irish Times. Retrieved 15 April 2020.
  9. ^ Warren, Brian (Spring 2012). "That Was The Year That Was: 2011". The Revealer. Éire Philatelic Association. 61 (266): 6–13. ISSN 0484-6125.
  10. ^ a b "The Collector" (PDF). Irish Stamps. An Post. January 2012. Retrieved 20 May 2013.
  11. ^ a b "The Collector" (PDF). Irish Stamps. An Post. April 2012. Retrieved 20 May 2013.
  12. ^ "The Collector" (PDF). Irish Stamps. An Post. July 2012. Retrieved 20 May 2013.
  13. ^ Finley, Fergus (12 October 2012). "Barnardos gets its own stamp on 50th anniversary". TheJournal.ie. Retrieved 20 May 2013.
  14. ^ Warren, Brian (March 2014). "That Was The Year That Was: 2013". Irish Philately: March 2013 – Supplement. Irish Philatelic Society. 2014 (1, March): 1–9.
  15. ^ "The Collector" (PDF). Irish Stamps. An Post. April 2013. Retrieved 4 April 2015.
  16. ^ "The Collector" (PDF). Irish Stamps. An Post. July 2013. Retrieved 4 April 2015.
  17. ^ "The Collector" (PDF). Irish Stamps. An Post. September 2013. Retrieved 4 April 2015.
  18. ^ "The Collector" (PDF). Irish Stamps. An Post. January 2014. Retrieved 20 May 2013.
  19. ^ a b c "The Collector" (PDF). Irish Stamps. An Post. January 2015. Retrieved 4 April 2015.
  20. ^ Bolger, Dermot (2014-03-03). "Behan was a man with the world at his feet, and there is nothing more dangerous". Evening Herald. Retrieved 2014-03-21.
  21. ^ a b "The Collector" (PDF). Irish Stamps. An Post. April 2014. Retrieved 4 April 2015.
  22. ^ "The Collector" (PDF). Irish Stamps. An Post. July 2014. Retrieved 4 April 2015.
  23. ^ a b "The Collector" (PDF). Irish Stamps. An Post. September 2014. Retrieved 4 April 2015.
  24. ^ Zhuang, Zara (24 November 2014). "Dublin girl (3) one of youngest to appear on Irish stamp". Irish Times. Retrieved 4 April 2015.
  25. ^ "The Collector" (PDF). Irish Stamps. An Post. April 2015. Retrieved 9 April 2016.
  26. ^ "The Collector" (PDF). Irish Stamps. An Post. July 2015. Retrieved 9 April 2016.
  27. ^ "The Collector" (PDF). Irish Stamps. An Post. September 2015. Retrieved 9 April 2016.
  28. ^ a b "The Collector" (PDF). Irish Stamps. An Post. January 2016. Retrieved 9 April 2016.
  29. ^ a b c d e Warren, Brian (Winter 2017). "Recent Releases (June to October 2017)". Die Harfe. FAI. 35 (140/41): 58–60. ISSN 0948-2172.
  30. ^ a b c d e f "Sir Alfred Chester Beatty (1875-1968) / St. Patrick's Day / Centenary of the Death of John Redmond" (PDF). The Collector. Vol. 2018 no. Q1. An Post. 2018-01-01. pp. 14–15, 20–23. Retrieved 2020-09-19.
  31. ^ "Irish stamps commemorate Martin Luther King Jr., Nelson Mandela". 2018-04-23. Retrieved 2020-09-19.
  32. ^ a b c "International Statesmen (and) 1400th Anniversary of the Death of St. Kevin" (PDF). The Collector. Vol. 2018 no. Q2. An Post. 2018-02-01. pp. 4–5, 10–11. Retrieved 2020-09-19.
  33. ^ https://www.irishstamps.ie/shop/c-259-world-meeting-of-families-dublin-2018.aspx
  34. ^ https://www.irishstamps.ie/shop/p-1919-popular-democracy-100-se-tenant-pair.aspx
  35. ^ https://www.irishstamps.ie/shop/p-1983-great-irish-songs-n-stamp-dreams.aspx
  36. ^ https://www.irishstamps.ie/shop/p-1984-great-irish-songs-n-stamp-on-raglan-road.aspx
  37. ^ https://www.irishstamps.ie/shop/p-1986-great-irish-songs-w-stamp-danny-boy.aspx
  38. ^ https://www.irishstamps.ie/shop/p-1985-great-irish-songs-w-stamp-with-or-without-you.aspx
  39. ^ a b Pope, Conor (29 August 2019). "Stamps of approval for Schmidt and Sexton". Irish Times. Dublin. p. 4.
  40. ^ "An Post - Pioneering Irish Women 'N' Rate Strip of 5 Stamps".
  41. ^ "An Post - The Irish Abroad 'N Rate' Strip Of Three".
  42. ^ "An Post commemorates former Taoiseach Liam Cosgrave with stamp". Extra.ie. August 12, 2020.
  43. ^ "News". www.posteurop.org.
  44. ^ https://www.anpost.com/Shop/Special-issue-stamps/Bicentenary-of-the-birth-of-Jane-Lady-Wilde
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