Thursday, 18 May 2017


The first stamps for Ireland, a republic in Western Europe, were issued in 1922. Then a Free State, it used British stamps with an overprint. The next year the first stamps with an Irish design were issued. These days Ireland has a moderate stamp issuing policy with very nice designs.

I sent an envelope with an International Reply Coupon to An Post, the Irish Post Office, and they chose the stamps and put them on the envelope. The stamps show two Irish shop fronts from the series issued on 18 August 2016. The postmark says Baile Átha Cliath, the Irish name for Dublin.

The envelope was sent to me by An Post in another envelope, with a small card. A very nice service by An Post.

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Date sent: 17 April 2017
Date postmark: 3 May 2017
Date received: 9 May 2017
Number of days: 22
Envelope in collection: 32

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