An Irish Post issued two stamps to celebrate the Olympic Games LONDON 2012. The 55c stamp shows a graphic interpretation of the ceremonial aspect of the Olympic Games. The 82c stamp uses five verticals, combined with contemporary typography, to represent our close proximity to London and Team Ireland’s short journey across the Irish Sea.
The Olympic Games take their name from the Greek city of Olympia. The first documented Games were staged in 776 BC, however, historians believe they existed for at least 500 years before then. The first modern Olympics took place in Athens in 1896, and with the exception of the two World Wars, have taken place every four years. This year’s Olympic Games are the 30th of the modern era.
The 2012 Olympic Games will take place in London, from 27 July to 12 August. Team Ireland will comprise between fifty and sixty athletes. Former Irish Olympian, Sonia O’Sullivan, was selected by the Olympic Council of Ireland as Chef de Mission of the Irish team. Just over two weeks after the closing ceremony, Irish athletes will also compete in the 14th Paralympic Games, which run from 29 August to 9 September.
Title: Olympic Games LONDON 2012 – Ireland
Date of Issue: 19 July 2012
Denominations: 55c, 82c