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 (prior to 1922)
  • 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
  • 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 also 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 for 2018 is £20 sterling (Euro22 or $24).  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 more than 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 also 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.


It is with great sadness that I must report the death at the end of August of our vice President, Jim Rankin, Randalstown, Co Antrim.   Jim and his many contributions to the Circle will be sorely missed by all members.


The December 2018 issue of Irish Philately will be with members by mid December.   The contents include:-

  • Rutland – a Donegal island
  • Westmeath – the early years
  • Eyrecourt – the postal history
  • Printing of the Experimental Coils
  • 1961 Aer Lingus issue
  • Obituary – Jim Rankin
  • The Irish Abroad – part XVIII

plus other usual features and a bagful of Letters;  I hope there is something for everyone and sufficient to encourage any non-members reading this to join!

Copy date for the March 2019 issue is 10 February 2019.  This is an early date as I shall be travelling later in the month.  All contributions welcomed!

Officers 2018-2019

  • President:   John Greer, Dublin
  • Vice President:   Vacant
  • Secretary:  (acting)  Brian Warren, Dublin
  • Treasurer:   Brian Warren, Dublin
  • Editor and Webmaster:   Stan Challis, Guernsey/London
  • Auctioneers:  Rod Greer, Dorset, England/ Frank MacDonald, Dublin
  • Irish area secretary:   John Lennon, Dublin
  • Southern area secretary:   Peter Wood, London
  • Committee members:   Des Quail and Brian Harmon

Updated: 10 December 2018


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