Thursday 7 January 2021

New stamp marks anniversary of CoI disestablishment

An Post has today issued a special stamp to mark the 150th anniversary of the disestablishment of the Church of Ireland. This historic event, on 1 January 1871, dissolved the union between Church and State in Ireland that had existed since the 16th-century Reformation.

The N-rate stamp costs €1 and is now in circulation. It features an image of the Sun, Moon and Stars stained–glass window from the Cathedral of St Fin Barre in Cork City.

To coincide with the anniversary, the Church of Ireland has published an article providing more detail about the stamp and a brief overview of the disestablishment. Click the stamp image to read it. There is also a video message by the Archbishop of Dublin, Dr Michael Jackson, here.