News, Views, and Other Thoughts

by Raymond MurphyThis is a series of articles on what tools are available to help the collector.  Some may be basic, and some advanced. It is not necessarily related only to Irish collecting, but Irish examples will be used as available. What is a watermark?  The correct answer is that it isn’t something, but ratherContinue reading “Tools for Philatelists – Watermarks”

On January 31, 2019, An Post issued its ninth definitive series, “A History of Ireland in 100 Objects” – Phase III.The series offers an intriguing insight into Irish life from the 8th to the 20th century.  Drawn from the newspaper series and book of that title by Irish Times journalist, Fintan O’Toole, the selection ofContinue reading “Ninth Definitive Series”

Robert Benninghjoff’s award-winning exhibit Irish Coil Stamps 1922 to 1940 has been uploaded to our website. This five-frame exhibit shows the importance of coil stamps in the development of commercial mail in Ireland from Independence in 1922 until 1940 when the only change was in the stamp paper watermark from SE for Saorstat Eireann toContinue reading “Irish Coil Stamps 1922 to 1940”

On 25 January 2018, An Post iissued Phase II of the Ninth Definitive Stamp Series – ‘A History of Ireland in 100 Objects, a selection’.  The series is based on Fintan O’Toole’s book, ‘A History of Ireland in 100 Objects’, a project which originally involved The Irish Times, The National Museum of Ireland and theContinue reading “An Post Issues Ninth Definitive Series”

2017 Annual General Meeting of the Éire Philatelic Association The 2017 Annual General Meeting of the ÉPA was held in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in conjunction with the Milwaukee Philatelic Society’s MILCOPEX 2017, on September 15-17. Our AGM was brought to order by President Rich Kelly with a moment of silence for two deceased members, Brian O’LoaneContinue reading “MILCOPEX 2017”

On January 21, 2016 An Post introduced 1916 – 2016, the Eighth Definitive Stamps Series.  Based on the Centenary of the Easter Rising, these sixteen stamps commemorate a hughly sifnificant event in the history of Ireland, an event which ultimately led to the founding of the modern Irish Republic.  These stamps have been grouped intoContinue reading “1916 – 2016 Eighth Series of Definitive Stamps”

The next annual general meeting of the ÉPA will take place in conjunction with MILCOPEX, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The tentative dates are September 15 – 17, 2017.  We may have an informal meeting in late 2016 or early 2017, and this will be posted on the website.

The next meeting of the Éire Philatelic Association will take place in conjunction with the Garfield Perry March Party 2016. The show dates are March 10 through March 12, 2016.  The location is the La Villa Conference and Banquet Center in Cleveland Ohio. The ÉPA meeting will take place during the show; dfay and timeContinue reading “Garfield Perry Show”

The ÉPA’s website has won a Gold Award from the American Philatelic Society. The American Philatelic Society has awarded the Éire Philatelic Association’s new web site a Gold in its annual web site competition. The competition judges web sites based on content and layout and provides suggestions for improvements. The new web site, two yearsContinue reading “ÉPA Web Site Wins Gold”

Ireland’s An Post withdrew the 0.60 Euro commemorative on its January 23, 2014 first day of issue because of a controversary over the design.  The stamp was supposed to show Irish Citizen cofounder Capt. Jack White in the foreground, but questions were raised as to whether or not it was White who was depicted (Linn’s,Continue reading “Withdrawn Ireland stamp found in kiloware”