March 8th, 2015

St Patrick’s Day as a global celebration of Irish culture is glad to inform that Irish Post has released a special stamp to celebrate St Patrick's Day. The item was released and put into circulation on the 26th of February.

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.

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