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Great Irish Song Stamps

New stamps offered by Ireland's An Post.

By Patricia Harty, Editor-in-Chief
May / June 2019

U2 and The Cranberries are among notable Irish musicians featured on a new set of stamps celebrating great Irish songs.

The Cranberries’ global smash hit “Dreams” is included along with U2’s “With or Without You,” “Danny Boy” by John McCormack, and “On Raglan Road” by Luke Kelly.

Each of the songs have been chosen by An Post (the Irish postal administration) because of the way they celebrate Irish identity and culture.

An Post will present the songs featured on the stamps in a special live performance in the GPO, curated by Other Voices. The songs will be performed by an array of Irish musical and vocal talent including John Sheahan, Colm Mac Con Iomaire, the Glass House String Quartet, Declan O’Rourke, Wyvern Lingo, Jack O’Rourke, May Kay Geraghty, and the Discovery Gospel Choir.

“The set of four stamps underscore the richness of Irish musical heritage, the songs’ origins ranging from 17th-century musical airs to rock music, poetry, and folk ballads,” Debbie Byrne from An Post Retail said. “The stamps are a celebration of creativity and of the power of song to tell important human stories, which are at once Irish and universal.

“We know these beautiful stamps will be popular with fans of music all over the world.”

The Great Irish Songs stamps are available at Irish post offices nationwide and online at irishstamps.ie. A limited edition souvenir box set of the stamps is also available at the same site or at Dublin’s GPO, Philatelic Bureau.  ♦

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