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The Irish Postal Service has issued some new Christmas stamps on the 5th of November 2001. The three stamp set features the beautiful drawings by the artist Richard J. King (1907-1974). The designs were originally used to make religious illustrations out of stained glass. This artist also designed a number of stamps for the Irish Post Office between 1933 and 1949. These included the 50th Anniversary of the GAA, and Clarence Mangan. Each of these Christmas stamps represents a different Christmas part taken from The Joyful Mysteries Series, which was published in the 1967 edition of the Capuchin Annual. The 30p/38c features The Nativity, the 32p/41c features The Annunciation, and the 45p/57c features the Presentation in the Temple. The 30p/38c promotional stamp, Mother of Christ is shown on the FDC and the front cover of a stamp booklet. This promotional stamp is one of four images taken from The Scriptural Titles of Mary, which appeared in the 1972 edition of The Capuchin Annual.

The Christmas stamp set can be purchase as a single stamp set, a self-adhesive booklet of 24 stamps, or First Day Cover. Each stamp can also be purchase in a gummed stamp sheetlets of 16, . The size of each stamp is 29.8 x 40.64 mm, and the size of the promotional stamp is 25 x 30 mm. The printing process for the stamps is Multicolor Lithography with phosphor tagging, and the perforation size is 14 x 15.

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