On February 20, 2014, An Post has once again issued a stamp to mark Saint Patrick’s Day, one of the world’s best-known national holidays.
Everybody knows about Saint Patrick’s Day, which is named after our patron saint, Saint Patrick (c. AD 385–461). It is celebrated every year, on 17 March, but not just in Ireland. It is a public holiday here and in Newfoundland, Labrador and Montserrat while the parades and celebrations are big events in the United States, Britain, Canada, Argentina, Australia and New Zealand.
The Saint Patrick’s Day stamp
This year’s stamp, designed by respected Dublin-based graphic designer Oonagh Young, is based on a photograph by Edward Coady featuring an image of Saint Patrick. The image is a detail from a stained glass window in Saint Canice’s Church in Kilkenny, which is one of the most important ecclesiastical settlements in Ireland.
The site was founded in the 6th century and it combines the early Christian settlement,the round tower and the Anglo Norman cathedral. In fact, Cill Channigh, or Kilkenny, is the Irish for the Church of Canice, the church that originally stood on the site. Worship has taken place at this site for over 800 years and still takes place there today.
Date of Issue: February 20, 2014
Value & Quantity: 90c (116k)
Stamp Design: Oonagh Young
Photography: Edward Coady
Stamp Size: 29.79mm x 40.64mm
Colour: Multicolour withphosphor tagging
Make – up: Sheetlets of 16
Perforations: 14 x 15
Printing Process: Lithography
Printer: Irish Security Stamp Printing Ltd.
Source: AN Post