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20 February 2020

War of Independence — Struggle for Sovereignty

Ireland: War of Independence – Struggle for Sovereignty, 20 February 2020. Images from An Post and eBay.

Technical Specifications
Date of Issue: February 20, 2020
Value & Quantities: N (122k)
Design: Ger Garland
Size: 51mm x 30mm
Paper: TR 102gsm Yellow Green Phosphor PVA gum
Colour: Multicolour with Phosphor Tagging
Make-up: Sheetlet of 16
Perforations: 13.25 x 14
Printing Process: Lithography
Printer: Royal Joh. Enschedé

Credit: ‘Men of the South’ image courtesy of the Crawford Art Gallery, Cork. © Estate of Seán Keating, IVARO Dublin, 2020

On February 20, 2020, An Post issued a stamp to commemorate the War of Independence marking the halfway point in the War, 100 years ago.

The Irish War of Independence is generally accepted to have taken place between the British Crown forces and the Irish Republican Army (IRA) between January 1919 and July 1921. Violence extended both before and after these dates.

Designed by Ger Garland, the stamp features a detail from the painting ‘Men of the South’ by Seán Keating, representing the military aspects of the struggle for sovereignty. The painting portrays a ‘Flying Column’ of the IRA lying in wait to ambush the British Crown forces.

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