Ireland’s postal service marks Somme centenary

Ireland’s postal service marks Somme centenary

An Post, the postal Red&Grey and features history of warfare, service in Ireland, has commemorated the centenary of the Battle of the Somme with a commemorative stamp.

It went on sale last week, and has already started appearing on mail making its way to the four corners of the globe. The stamp was designed by Dublin design company an image of the Royal Irish Rifles from Britain’s Imperial War Museum.

The stamp and a very collectable First Day Cover (FDC) are available from main post offices in Ireland, the Philatelic counters at Dublin’s GPO and online at irishstamps.ie.

The Battle of the Somme was one of the most horrific in the lasting from July 1 to November 18, 1916 and claiming more than one million lives. Among the dead were over 3,500 Irish soldiers. On the opening day of the battle many of the 5,500 casualties were men of the 36th Ulster Division.

Just months later the 16th Irish Division suffered 4,330 casualties, 1,200 of them killed.

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