An Post today launched the second phase of their Irish music stamp series celebrating the buoyancy and flair of the Irish music scene.
Planxty, De Dannan, the Bothy Band and the Tulla Ceílí Band, four of Irelands’ most renowned and best loved groups are featured in performance on the new stamps.
Today’s stamp issue coincides with thousands of stamp collectors and enthusiasts from Ireland and around the world gathering at Dublin’s RDS for STAMPA (October 10-12), to view over €5 million worth of stamps at the three-day national philatelic exhibition.
The series of four stamps celebrates the phenomenon and the legacy of Irish traditional music. The bands are captured at the height of the trad boom during the purple patch of the 70s. Each of the stamps is painted by Irish artist Finbarr O’Connor, with typography by Steve Simpson.
In 2006 An Post issued the first in the series of Irish music stamps featuring ‘snapshot in time’ photographs of the Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem, the Dubliners, the Chieftains and Altan.
The stamps are available in the philatelic shop at the GPO (01-705 7400), selected post offices nationwide or online at www.irishstamps.ie