First day cover issued by the Irish Post Office, commemorating 1984 Olympic Games

Object Type
Philatelics and currency/Philatelic material/Stamp/First day cover
Date Used
21 Jun 1984
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Brief Description
A first day cover issued by the Irish Post Office, to commemorate the first three Irish Olympic Gold medallists in conjunction with the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games. Graphic design by Peter Wildbur at lower left is of a flaming cauldron, with the inscription below: 'EIRE CLUDACH CHEAD LAE' (English trans.: "Ireland First Day Cover"). Three postmarked stamps, designed by Louis le Brocquy, each celebrate the gold medal (Gaelic: "Bonn oir") victories of: Pat O'Callaghan, (Hammer throw, 1928, 1932), 22 pence; Bob Tisdall (Hurdles, 1932) 26 pence; and, Ronnie Delaney (1500-metre run, 1956), 29 pence. Postmark features the Olympic Council of Ireland emblem in the centre, surrounded by the text: 'BAILE ATHA CLIATH/LA A CHEAD EISIUNA 21 VI 1984' (English trans."Dublin/First Day Issue 21 June 1984").
0 - Whole: H: 113 W: 163 D: 1mm (H: 4 7/16 W: 6 7/16 D: 1/16")
Date Used
21 Jun 1984
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Credit Line
Kindly donated to the Australian Gallery of Sport and Olympic Museum by Ron Delany




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