An Post has created two new stamps to commemorate 100 years since the Treaty 1 month ago

An Post has created two new stamps to commemorate 100 years since the Treaty

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An Post have issued new stamps in December to mark the centenary of the signing of the Anglo-Irish treaty.

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The collection is part of their ongoing Ireland's Decade of Centenaries collection.

The Treaty was signed in London on 6 December, 1921 by a delegation sent by Dáil Éireann and members of the British Government.

The document is noted as one of the most important in Irish history, leading to the creation of the Free State and acting as a catalyst for the Irish Civil War.

The stamps, and a commemorative First Day Cover envelope were designed by Ger Garland.

The first features the signatures of  both the Irish Treaty delegates and the British representatives: Arthur Griffith, Michael Collins, Robert Barton, Eamonn Duggan George Gavan Duffy,David Lloyd George, Austen Chamberlain, Lord Birkenhead and Winston Churchill.

The second stamp is a copy of Arthur Griffith's message to the public following the signing.

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“I have signed a Treaty of peace between Ireland and Great Britain," he wrote.

"I believe that treaty will lay foundations of peace and friendship between the two Nations.

"What I have signed I shall stand by in the belief that the end of the conflict of centuries is at hand”.

The commemorative envelope shows a photograph of the Irish delegation in London, courtesy of Mirrorpix.

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The treaty itself is currently on display in the National Archives as part of their "The Treaty, 1921: Records from the Archives" exhibition until March 2022.

The exhibition will show, using archive footage and documents, the experiences and sentiments felt by those that went over to London for the treaty, and the reaction at home from both the Government and the public.

The stamps and FDC are available at main post offices, also from the stamp counters at Dublin’s GPO or online at www.irishstamps.ie.