National Ploughing Championships

Ploughing 1973All eyes are on Tullamore for the ploughing at present but back in 1973 the focus was on Wellington Bridge in county Wexford for world event. The stamp by Patrick Scott captures the essence of earth against a blue sky with the horizontal lines paying tribute to the ploughman’s straight lines.

 

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Finnish independence – 2017

We attended the very well organised Finlandia stamp exhibition in Tampere earlier in the year which focused particularly on the centenary of Finnish independence. Sinn Fein’s propaganda labels, used here in the years before the 1916 rebellion, probably drew inspiration from a similar scheme drawn up by the Finns to highlight the desire for independence from Russia.

Sinn Fein celtic cross label

The Celtic Cross motif used here later, of course, became better known as part of Ireland’s first definitive issue.

 

 

Leaving certificate congratulations!

William Rowan Hamilton, an Irish polymath of a previous age, was a very clever fellow. His perseverance and devotion to learning would have been a good example to all those who got their Leaving Cert results today but not his habit of neglecting to eat as his son recalled:

“we used to bring in a ‘snack’ and leave it in his study, but a brief nod of recognition of the intrusion of the chop or cutlet was often the only result, and his thoughts went on soaring upwards.”

 

W R Hamilton stamp

Imperial Service Medal

This medal can be awarded to civil servants for particularly diligent, faithful  and effective service and occasionally it was awarded to Irish Post Office staff in the days before independence in 1922. The example shown here was given to solicitor in the GPO over a century ago. It bears the insignia of Edward VII and the wording “For faithful service”.

 

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