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The Irish Airmail Society was founded in 1989, following interest in Irish airmails shown by several philatelists, some resident in Ireland and others in Great Britain, Switzerland, Canada and USA. The Society had over 30 members within its first year. Coincidentally, it was formed in the year of the 50th Anniversary of the first regular passenger and airmail service across the North Atlantic to Foynes. The current membership stands around 50 members.
The philatelic interests of our members is very varied but very few specialise only in airmails. The main objectives of the Society are to study Irish Airmails in all its aspects, Early Flights, Rates, Routes, Recent Irish Flights, Aerogrammes, Airmail Stamps and Etiquettes, etc.
What we do
The Society publishes a bulletin, O.E.78., named after the Airmail etiquette identification number. The bulletin contains very varied information and articles about airmails. Material determines its frequency, though the intention is to publish two issues per year.
In June 1996 we produced our second book, Irish Airmails 1919-1990 by Bill Murphy, a joint publication with the Éire Philatelic Association. This extensive reference work gives details of all known mail-carrying flights to and from Ireland.
The Society is a Patron Founder of the Foynes Flying Boat Museum which entitles members to lifetime free entrance to the Museum and also access to its archives. It is also a member of the FPSI, Federation of Philatelic Societies of Ireland and FISA, the International Federation of Aerophilatelic Societies.
We try to have an annual meeting during Stampa, the Irish National Philatelic Exhibition that usually takes place in early November in Dublin, Ireland, that is well worth while attending.