On 19 July, An Post issued a 55c stamp to celebrate the Olympic Games 2012.
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.
Date of Issue : 19 July, 2012
Values & Quantities : 55c (174k)
Design : Red Dog Design
Stamp Size : 29.79mm x 40.64mm
Colour : Multicolour with phosphor tagging
Make-up : Sheetlets of 16
Perforations : 14 x 15
Printing Process : Lithography
Printer : Irish Security Stamp Printing Ltd.