Author Archives: John

About John

Dia Duit! Hello. My name is John. I am retired. I live in Ireland. I am on a five year mission to visit every city, town, village and place of historic and scenic interest in Ireland.

Duplicates for Exchange

Recently I obtained a lot of kiloware. I can trade/exchange 25 Irish stamps to about ten people. See the scan below. These are booklet and coil stamps…fauna definitive, Easter Rising, historic objects and Christmas stamps.   If you would like … Continue reading

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New Issues 2017: Part Twelve

The final stamps of 2017. Centenary of Apparitions at Fatima. One stamp at international rate. Christmas. A booklet featuring 26 “national rate” stamps selling at £25. These are available as a pair from the Philatelic Services at General Post Office … Continue reading

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BREXIT and Stamp Collecting

As Britain begged and grovelled to get into the (then) Common Market fifty years ago, my late father said that General d Gaulle of France and his celebrated “Non!” was correct. “The English will never join a club where they … Continue reading

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Che Guevara: The Revolutionary Who Did Not Sell Out…Twice!

This is an odd story which will be a footnote to Irish Stamp Collecting. On 5th October 2017, a stamp was issued to honour Che Guevara. You may read elsewhere that this is controversial but as I wrote last month, … Continue reading

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Stampa 2017 (National Stamp Exhibition)

Dublin 6th October-8th October 2017. As I have free travel to Dublin, I decided to attend on Friday and Saturday. This is the highlight of the year for Stamp Collectors in Ireland. I only saw two schoolchildren and this was … Continue reading

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New Issues 2017: Part Eleven

Thursday 5th October 2017. PostCrossing. One stamp at “international rate). Ireland joins the list of nations that has issued a PostCrossing stamp. And indirectly, PostCrossing, the organised exchange of postcards has re-vitalised Stamp Collecting. I was briefly involved in PostCrossing and … Continue reading

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Closing 400 Post Offices in Ireland?

Take a look at this headline from the Irish Independent (a leading morning newspaper) from Friday 29th August, two days ago. First of all some facts. At 2008, there were 1,424 post offices in the Republic of Ireland. According to … Continue reading

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