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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 2016.  An application form can also be found by clicking ‘Join’ in the panel at top right of this page.

In addition to the quarterly Journal, the Society publishes each March an annual ‘That Was The Year That Was’ supplement which records in detail all Irish stamp issues, varieties, special event and slogan postmarks, presentation packs, society and exhibition souvenirs issued during the previous year. Special features include a detailed record of all definitive booklet and coil printings and a list of slogans used at the various Mail Centres. This publication, which is supplied ‘free’ to all members, is usually sent to Members with the March or June issue of Irish Philately each year; it has been produced by the Society for over 30 years and has become the effective publication of record of modern Irish philately.  

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 2013 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 March 2016 issue of Irish Philately is now with Members.   The contents include:-

  • Varieties found on the basic GB stamps overprinted for use in Ireland in 1922-3
  • A day in the life of the Knight of Kerry
  • Patrician Year 1961
  • Irish Airmails 1929
  • Galway Postmarks
  • The Irish Abroad

plus other usual features

Copy date for the June 2016 edition is 10 May 2016.  All input is always appreciated by the Editor

NEW PUBLICATIONS – for your bookshelf. 

The GPO – 200 years of history by Stephen Ferguson, assistant secretary of An Post – a full review appears in the December 2014 edition of Irish Philately 

Stanley Gibbons have brought out a new 6th edition of their ‘Ireland’ catalogue – this is reviewed in the June issue of ‘IP’.

 Officers 2015-2016

  • President:   Desmond Quail, Banbridge, Co Down
  • Vice President:   John Greer, Dublin
  • Secretary:   (acting) Brian Warren, Dublin
  • Treasurer:   Brian Warren, Dublin
  • Editor and Webmaster:   Stan Challis, Guernsey/London
  • Auctioneer:  Rod Greer, Dorset, England
  • Irish area secretary:   John Lennon, Dublin
  • Southern area secretary:   Peter Wood, London
  • Committee member:   H. Mitchell

     Updated: 20 March 2016

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