22nd January 2015. Visit to GPO Philatelic Bureau.
Purchases: Science (two stamps) and Meeting of Seán Lemass and Terence O’Neill.
A copy of each stamp was posted in the “ordinary” mail for a postally used cancellation. Received today (24th January). A copy of each stamp was posted thru the Philatelic Bureau for a “fine used” cancellation. Again received today.
I do recall the Lemass-O’Neill meeting. I was 12 years old. It was the first between the Taoiseach of Ireland and the “Prime Minister of Northern Ireland” (sic). I brought three postcards (including two of Stormont) to Dublin. The Plan to get First Day Cancellations. The thre’e cards arrived today. Mixed results. A clear First Day illustrated marking but the cards also got an “ordinary” mail cancellation.
Irish Stamp issues say a lot about the History, Politics, Culture, Fauna, Literature, Spirituality, Sport etc of the Irish Nation. But they also say a lot for the TIME at which the stamp is issued. Lemass -O’Neill is such an occasion. In the North we are commemorating a Decade of Centenaries, an exercise in Revisionist History…which seeks to deal with events such as the First World War, Easter Rising, Somme, First Dáil in a sensitive manner and to show an aspect (not entirely credible) of “shared” history between Nationalists and Unionists. This Lemass-O’Neill stamp should be seen in this context.