List of people on the postage stamps of Ireland
Because no postage stamps had been designed, the first Irish stamps issued were the then-current British definitive postage stamps bearing a portrait of George V that were overprinted Rialtas Sealadaċ na hÉireann 1922 (Provisional Government of Ireland 1922) and issued on 17 February 1922. The overprint was later changed to Saorstát Éireann 1922 (Irish Free State 1922).
The Irish Free State issued the first commemorative stamps depicting a person on 22 June 1929 when Oifig an Phoist, the Irish Post Office, a section of the Department of Posts and Telegraphs, issued a set of three stamps showing Daniel O'Connell. Since 1929 O'Connell is one of a small number of people shown in two issues, including Wolfe Tone and Arthur Guinness. The 2009 Guinness issue included postmarks with his trade mark signature, a first in philately.
The Department of Posts and Telegraphs and, after 1984, An Post, designed stamps showing statesmen, religious, literary and cultural figures, athletes, etc. Until the mid-1990s it was usual policy not to issue stamps showing living persons, the only exceptions being Douglas Hyde (stamp 1943, d. 1949, illustrated below) and Louis le Brocquy (stamp 1977, still alive in 2007, illustrated below), but this policy has been put aside and there have recently been several issues showing living persons. For the millennium, 30 millennium stamps were issued showing living Irish sportsmen.
|1929 Daniel O'Connell||1943 Sir William Rowan Hamilton|
|1937 Saint Patrick||1944 Edmund Ignatius Rice|
|1939 George Washington||1948 Wolfe Tone|
|1943 Douglas Hyde||1949 James Clarence Mangan|
|1952 Thomas Moore||1957 Admiral William Brown|
|1953 Robert Emmet||1957 Father Luke Wadding|
|1954 Cardinal John Henry Newman||1958 Mother Mary Aikenhead|
|1956 Commodore John Barry||1958 Thomas J. Clarke|
|1957 John Redmond||1959 Arthur Guinness|
|1957 Tomás Ó Criomhthain|
|1962 John O'Donovan and Eugene O'Curry||1964 Wolfe Tone|
|1965 William Butler Yeats||1966 Éamonn Ceannt|
|1966 Thomas Clarke||1966 Joseph Mary Plunkett|
|1966 Seán Mac Diarmada||1966 Roger Casement|
|1966 Pádraig Pearse||1967 Jonathan Swift|
|1966 James Connolly||1968 Countess Markievicz|
|1966 Thomas MacDonagh||1969 Mahatma Gandhi|
|1970 Kevin Barry||1976 James Larkin|
|1970 Terence MacSwiney||1977 Jack Butler Yeats|
|1970 Tomás Mac Curtain||1977 Johannes Scottus Eriugenus|
|1971 John Millington Synge||1977 Louis le Brocquy|
|1974 Edmund Burke||1978 Catherine McAuley|
|1974 Oliver Goldsmith||1978 William Orpen|
|1975 Nano Nagle||1979 Patrick Pearse|
|1976 Alexander Graham Bell||1979 Pope John Paul II|
|1976 Benjamin Franklin||1979 Rowland Hill|
|1980 George Bernard Shaw||1984 St. Brendan|
|1980 Oscar Wilde||1985 Charles Stanford|
|1980 Seán O'Casey||1985 Turlough Carolan|
|1980 Saint Jean Baptiste de la Salle||1985 George Frideric Handel|
|1981 Charles Parsons||1985 Giuseppe Domenico Scarlatti|
|1981 Harry Ferguson||1985 Johann Sebastian Bach|
|1981 James Hoban||1985 Thomas Ashe|
|1981 Jeremiah O'Donovan Rossa||1985 George Berkeley|
|1981 John Holland||1986 Arthur Griffith|
|1981 Robert Boyle||1986 William Mulready|
|1982 St. Francis of Assisi||1987 Canon John Hayes|
|1982 Francis Makemie||1987 Mother Mary Martin|
|1982 Pádraic Ó Conaire||1987 Cathal Brugha|
|1982 John Field||1988 Sidney Nolan|
|1982 James Joyce||1988 Robert O'Hara Burke|
|1982 Charles Kickham||1988 Barry Fitzgerald|
|1982 Éamon de Valera||1988 W. T. Cosgrave|
|1983 Pádraig Ó Siochfhradha||1988 John F. Kennedy|
|1983 Seán Mac Diarmada||1989 Seán T. O'Kelly|
|1983 St. Vincent de Paul||1989 Jawaharlal Nehru|
|1983 Andrew Jackson||1989 Margaret Burke Sheridan|
|1984 John McCormack|
|1990 Michael Collins||1994 William Butler Yeats|
|1991 General Godart van Ginkel||1995 Guglielmo Marconi|
|1991 Patrick Sarsfield||1995 Bartholomew Mosse|
|1991 John A. Costello||1996 Louie Bennett|
|1991 Charles Stewart Parnell||1996 Lady Augusta Gregory|
|1993 Edward Bunting||1996 Stanley Woods|
|1994 Edmund Ignatius Rice||1996 Artie Bell|
|1994 Edmund Burke||1996 Alec Bennett|
|1994 Eamonn Andrews||1996 Robert Dunlop & Joey Dunlop|
|1994 George Bernard Shaw||1996 Michael Davitt|
|1994 Samuel Beckett||1996 Thomas A. McLaughlin|
|1994 Seán MacBride|
1996 Centenary of Irish Cinema, 4 stamp set featuring 12 Irish actors in 4 Irish films:
- Brenda Fricker as Mrs Brown in My Left Foot
- Daniel Day-Lewis as Christy Brown in My Left Foot
- Andrew Strong as Declan "Deco" Cuffe in The Commitments
- Angeline Ball as Imelda Quirke in The Commitments
- Maria Doyle Kennedy as Natalie Murphy in The Commitments
- Bronagh Gallagher as Bernie McGloughlin in The Commitments
- Richard Harris as 'Bull' McCabe in The Field
- Sean Bean as Tadgh McCabe in The Field
- John Hurt as The 'Bird' O'Donnell in The Field
- Colman "Tiger" King as A Man of Aran in Man Of Aran
- Maggie Dirrane as His Wife in Man Of Aran
- Michael Dirrane as Their Son in Man Of Aran
1997 75th Anniversary of Irish Free State Linda Martin Singer
1997 75th Anniversary of Irish Free State Sonia O'Sullivan Athlete
1997 75th Anniversary of Irish Free State Alan Gough Soccer Player
1997 75th Anniversary of Irish Free State Damian Hogan Garda
1997 75th Anniversary of Irish Free State Marie Egan Garda
1997 75th Anniversary of Irish Free State Brendan Walsh Garda
|1997 Kate O'Brien||1999 Seán Flanagan Millennium GAA Team|
|1997 St. Columcille||1999 Sean Murphy Millennium GAA Team|
|1997 Daniel O'Connell||1999 John Joe O'Reilly Millennium GAA Team|
|1997 John Wesley||1999 Martin O'Connell Millennium GAA Team|
|1998 Lady Mary Heath née Sophie Catherine Pierce||1999 Mick O'Connell Millennium GAA Team|
|1998 Col. James Fitzmaurice||1999 Tommy Murphy Millennium GAA Team|
|1998 J.P. "Paddy" Saul||1999 Seán O'Neill Millennium GAA Team|
|1998 Capt. Charles Blair||1999 Seán Purcell Millennium GAA Team|
|1998 Theobald Wolfe Tone||1999 Pat Spillane Millennium GAA Team|
|1998 Henry Joy McCracken||1999 Mikey Sheehy Millennium GAA Team|
|1999 Micheál MacLiammóir||1999 Tom Langan Millennium GAA Team|
|1999 Siobhán McKenna||1999 Kevin Heffernan Millennium GAA Team|
|1999 Noel Purcell||1999 Grace Kelly of Monaco|
|1999 Seán Lemass||1999 Jesse Owens|
|1999 St. Francis Xavier||1999 John Fitzgerald Kennedy|
|1999 Dan O'Keeffe Millennium GAA Team||1999 Mother Teresa|
|1999 Enda Colleran Millennium GAA Team||1999 John McCormack|
|1999 Joe Keohane Millennium GAA Team||1999 Nelson Mandela|
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