Irish Post unveils special stamps to commemorate Easter Rising

One hundred years on from the events that led to the founding of an independent Irish republic, An Post is creating a set of stamps recognising the prominent people and places involved.

The ‘1916-2016’ collection will be in four categories – Leaders and Icons; Participants; Easter Week; and The Aftermath – and in chronological order.

It will be available for one year.

Easter Rising

Seven leaders are included: Thomas J. Clarke, Seán Mac Diarmada, Thomas MacDonagh, P.H. Pearse, Éamonn Ceannt, James Connolly and Joseph Plunkett, who all signed the Proclamation of Independence.

An Post said the leaders were selected by them “according to the three organisations identified in the Proclamation as organising the Rising – The Irish Republican Brotherhood, the Irish Citizen Army and the Irish Volunteers”.

“There is a clear logic behind this grouping, and it does not reflect a value judgement about the relative importance of the seven individuals,” they added.

The participants category features the first two fatalities of the Rising – Dublin Metropolitan Police Constable James O’Brien and rebel Sean Connolly – as well as brothers Lieutenant Michael Malone, who died during the Rising, and Sergeant William Malone, who was killed in the Battle of Ypres.

Irish Citizen Army officer and suffragist Dr Kathleen Lynn and Cumann na mBan member Elizabeth O’Farrell highlight the role of women in the Rising, while the photograph of Jack Doyle and Tom McGrath show a rare glimpse of the inside of the GPO in 1916.

Easter Week has an extract from the Proclamation and acknowledges civilian experiences, and The Aftermath looks at the consequences of the Rising.

There will be a new national stamp of the GPO, an international stamp of Roger Casement, a roll of 100 self-adhesive stamps with an extract of the Proclamation and the Irish Republic flag.

Later this year, souvenir stamps will be able to be scanned by a smartphone to access gpowitnesshistory.ie and other background information on the Easter Rising.

Here’s who features on the stamps:

Leaders and Icons

Stamp 1: Thomas James Clarke – Image: National Library of Ireland

Seán Mac Diarmada – Image: National Library of Ireland

Éamonn Ceannt – Image: National Library of Ireland

Stamp 2: Patrick Henry Pearse – Image: National Library of Ireland

Joseph Mary Plunkett – Image: Military Archives

Thomas MacDonagh – Image: National Library of Ireland

Stamp 3: James Connolly – Image: National Library of Ireland

Starry Plough Flag – Image: National Museum of Ireland

Stamp 4: The Irish Republic Flag – Image: National Museum of Ireland

Participants

Stamp 5: Constable James O’Brien – Image: Kilmainham Gaol Museum

Sean Connolly – Image: National Library of Ireland

Stamp 6: Michael Malone – Image: Mercier Press Archives, Cork

William Malone – Image Willie Malone

Stamp 7: Dr Kathleen Lynn – Image: Royal College of Physicians of Ireland

Elizabeth O’Farrell – Image: National Library of Ireland

Stamp 8: Jack Doyle and Tom McGrath – Image: National Library of Ireland

Easter Week

Stamp 9: The Proclamation – Image: National Library of Ireland

Stamp 10: Seán Foster – Image: Terence O’Neill

Stamp 11: Louisa Nolan – Image: Mirrorpix

Stamp 12: Sir Francis Fletcher-Vane – Image: Working Class Movement Library, Salford, UK – and Francis Sheehy-Skeffington – Image: National Museum of Ireland

The Aftermath

Stamp 13: GPO, Sackville Street – Image: National Library of Ireland

Stamp 14: Children gathering timber for fuel – Image: Mercier Press Archives, Cork

Stamp 15: Prisoners from Richmond Barracks – Image: National Library of Ireland

Stamp 16: Roger Casement – Image: National Library of Ireland