Welcome to the Website of the Irish Philatelic Circle

Introduction: The Circle seeks to further the study of the Stamps, Philately and Postal History of Ireland.  Amongst the areas of interest to our members are:-

  • Irish Postal history from earliest times
  • GB stamps used in Ireland
  • the Transition Period (1916-25),
  • Irish overprints on GB stamps (1922-35)
  • First Day Covers
  • Registered, Express and Censored mail
  • Maritime mail
  • Airmails including first flights
  • Destination mail, rates and routings
  • Postage due items
  • Postmarks and Cancellations of all sorts
  • and above all the Stamps themselves from Overprints to Modern material, anything Irish in fact, and that includes Northern Ireland just as much as the Republic.

Amongst the benefits of membership of The Irish Philatelic Circle:-

  • Quarterly journal  (Irish Philately)
  • Regular meetings in London  (note: temporally suspended owing to lack of suitable cost effective venue)
  • Annual general meeting and display competition
  • Regular auctions for members to buy and sell
  • and the means to contact those with a common philatelic interest

The majority of our members are in Britain and Ireland but we have members from all around the World and you are welcome to join us wherever you may live. To find out more or join the Circle please contact our Webmaster Stan Challis who will be pleased to answer any questions you may have. Annual membership fee is £15 sterling (Euro18 or $23) - these are unchanged for 2014.  An application form can also be found by clicking ‘Join’ in the panel at top right of this page.

A selection of recent articles from Irish Philately is available by clicking on the links at the right.  These will be changed from time to time but to get the full content you will need to become a member. The Members’ Area is available only to members of the Irish Philatelic Circle and contains a growing library of information that is generally not readily available elsewhere together with details of other projects being undertaken by the Membership.

DVD  A DVD of past issues of Irish Philately from 1960 to 2009 is available.  Price for members is Euro22 (£20 or USD33): for non-members the price is Euro30 (£27 or USD45) to include post and packing.  Please contact the webmaster for more details.

MEMBERS:  If you have not already contacted me for your password, please do so by clicking on my contact details above. We now receive the Journal of the GBPS on a regular basis.  Please go to the Members’ pages to find out what is in the current edition.  I will be happy to let you have copies of articles that are of interest to you.

The September issue of Irish Philately should now be with Members.   The contents include:-

  • Irish Airmails 1921-22
  • The IRELAND handstamps - part 2
  • The Robert Emmet issue of 1953
  • The 6d overprints
  • A new variety on the 1967 Fenian issue
  • The Ballybrophy Sorting Tender - a rare TPO mark
  • Irish postage rate changes
  • Cinderella Overprints
  • The Irish Abroad - part 1 of a new series from Brian Warren

Copy date for the December 2014 edition is 10 November 2014.  All input always appreciated by the Editor!

NEW PUBLICATIONS - for your bookshelf. 

The Hibernian Catalogue has been reprinted - a 2013 edition.  This contains much new information with extensive re=pricing.

A new edition of Stanley Gibbons ‘Collect British Postmarks’  is now out with a much expanded section on early Irish marks. (Details of errors, revisions and omissions will be welcomed by the Webmaster)

 Officers 2014-2015

  • President:   Brian Warren, Dublin
  • Vice President:   Desmond Quail, Banbridge, Co Down
  • Secretary:   vacant
  • Treasurer:   Martin Taylor, Leicester, England
  • Editor and Webmaster:   Stan Challis, Guernsey
  • Auctioneer:  Martin Taylor, Leicester, England
  • Irish area secretary:   John Lennon, Dublin
  • Southern area secretary:   Peter Wood, London
  • Committee members:   Jacques Renollaud, Paris;  Barry Cousins, Malaysia


     Updated 5 October 2014


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  • The Members’ area contains the Irish Philatelic Circle online library and is reserved for the use of Members.