The two stamps were designed by Design Factory and feature photos of the Irish Harp and the Bodhrán. The Bodhrán on the 60c stamp actually belonged to noted Irish Wildlife film maker and traditional Irish musician, Éamon de Buitléar.The harp has become synonymous with Ireland and Irish music with the first unambiguous representation appearing on the Maedoc book-cover in about 1100 AD. It is believed, however, that the harp was widely used by the ruling class long before that.
The Irish Bodhrán (drum), on the other hand, is a relatively new instrument, having evolved from the tambourine in the late 18th century. It is a circular, lightweight goatskin drum usually played using a piece of bone or wood called a cipín or with the back of the hand.
This year, the theme of the Europa best stamp competition is “national musical instruments”. The mandolin plays an essential role in Monegasque traditions. It accompanies the dancing of the folk group, La Palladienne de Monaco.
Design: Stefano MORRI Printing process: Offset Size of the stamp: 40,85 x 30 mm horizontal Quantity of issue: 60 000 stamps Sheet of 10 stamps with illuminations