An Post will issue issue two special stamps on June 7 to celebrate the 50th International Eucharistic Congress being held in Dublin from June 10-17.
The two stamps were designed in vibrant shades of red and yellow by Martin Barlow from Portadown, who also designed the Congress logo.
The 55c stamp, which covers postage up to 50g within the island of Ireland, features the chalice and host, illustrating the importance of the Eucharist to the Roman Catholic faith.
The central position of the blessed sacrament and monstrance as the visible presence of God within the Roman Catholic faith is illustrated on a 82c stamp.
This denomination covers airmail postage worldwide up to 50g.
A posting facility will be available at the main Congress stand at the RDS (Main Hall/ Hall 1), where a special souvenir Congress postcard will be available for posting by pilgrims to their loved ones around the world using the special Congress stamps.
A collector's first-day cover envelope may also be viewed and purchased from June 7 together with the stamps, at the GPO Stamp Shop in Dublin, online at www.irishstamps.ie or by telephone on (01) 705 7400.