Thursday, February 26, 2015

Ireland 2015
St. Patrick's Day

ISSUE DATE: 26 February 2015
STAMP DESIGN: Steve Simpson
STAMP SIZE: 29.8 mm x 40.64 mm
COLOUR: Pantone 340c & 1505c with phosphor tagging
LAYOUT: Sheetlets of 16
PERFORATIONS: 14.1 x 14.3
PRINTER: Cartor Security Printers
An Post PRODUCT No.: 1504100

This is a day that 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.

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, A Sword of Light and the Arms of the Four Provinces.