An Post issued five stamps to celebrate Year of Craft 2011on 12th May. Crafts have been essential for many decades in developing Ireland’s creative and economic growth. The Year of Craft will focus domestic and international attention on Ireland’s craft makers, and raise the profile of craft designers, promoters and collectors of exquisite craftware produced in Ireland. This set of stamps feature five outstanding contemporary craft makers. Deirdre McLoughlin, from Dublin, uses ceramics in her work, while Róisín de Buitléar, also from Dublin, works with glass. Inga Reed makes jewellery in Co Kilkenny and Dr Helen McAllister works with embroidered textiles in Dublin. The fifth craft worker is Liam Flynn, from Abbeyfeale, Co Limerick, an outstanding wood turner.