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A History of Ireland in 100 Objects, a selection

26 January 2017

An Post have issued 12 stamps depicting items from the book A History of Ireland in 100 Objects

12 Stamps produced in partnership with An Post

An Post has partnered with the Royal Irish Academy, The Irish Times and the National Museum of Ireland to produce 12 stamps based on objects from the book A History of Ireland in 100 Objects.

These 12 stamps are representative of the essence of the book, which attempted to capture the spirit of Ireland's past, bringing it to life for contemporary Ireland.

This project was initially conceived by The Irish Times and Fintan O'Toole, The National Museum of Ireland and the Royal Irish Academy, who have partnered with An Post to release these stamps.

12 stamps will be available in 2017, with more to follow over the next 5 years. This will be An Post's Ninth Definitive Stamp Series


Stamp collectors

Over 20 million people collect stamps. Some collectors love the sense that they have assembled a 'complete set'. For others, the reason for collecting is a love of history, art, geography; or a desire to carry on a family legacy.

Stamp collectors are story keepers, and the stamps they treasure are small pieces from our past. 


A History of Ireland in 100 Objects

A History of Ireland in 100 Objects by Fintan O'Toole brought together 100 objects to tell a story about Ireland's long history.

This book 'collected' a set of objects that would contribute to our reflections on who we are as a nation. 


Learn about the objects

Explore to find out more about the project, the book and the stamp series. The site contains content sourced from the original App, enriched with new material.

You can also find out more about the stamps by visiting

You can puchase the book online here. Enter the code STAMPS100 for a 10% discount.

Image: Reproduced by kind permission of An Post ©

Read about the launch in The Irish Times.

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