Postage stamps from Ireland

Postage stamps from Ireland have a rich history and are known for their distinctive designs reflecting the country’s culture, history, and natural beauty. Here’s an overview of Irish postage stamps:

Historical Background


  • Before gaining independence, Ireland used British stamps.
  • The first British stamps were used in Ireland from 1840.


  • After the establishment of the Irish Free State in 1922, overprinted British stamps were initially used.
  • The first Irish definitive series was issued in 1922, featuring the “Sword of Light” design.

Features of Irish Stamps

Design Themes:

  • Cultural and Historical: Irish stamps often depict national symbols like the harp, Celtic crosses, and significant historical events.
  • Literature and Art: Prominent Irish literary figures and artists frequently appear on stamps.
  • Flora and Fauna: Ireland’s diverse wildlife and plant life are common themes.
  • Landscapes: Iconic landscapes and landmarks are popular subjects.