After two lost seasons of overseas visitors the mood of the Irish Tourism and Hospitality sector is one of "cautious optimism" as it faces the summer of 2022.

To help lighten the load and bring a smile to faces both at home and abroad, An Post have released four breakfast-themed stamps designed by Irish illustrator Ailbhe Phelan.

Writing on her website, the artist says that she was both "proud and honoured" to work on the project and that the commission was a "dream" for any designer.

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Speaking on the mouth-watering designs, she says that the variety of Irish breakfast delicacies on offer in her stamps were thoroughly thought through and brought over the finish line with the help of An Post project manager, Anne O'Neill.

"The theme was a perfect one for me, Irish Breakfasts. It was such a good fit that as soon as I had the brief in my little hands I was easily inspired.

"There had to be The Irish Fry (no baked beans, puhleese), Porridge was a no brainer (even though I'm not a huge fan of the texture of cooked porridge), the range of Irish Breads - soda farls, brown soda loaf - are items that I make and grace my breakfast table regularly and yes, I do enjoy a fruity Smoothie particularly during the summer! My favourite breakfast treat, a simple boiled egg and soldiers, was chosen for the First Day Cover envelope. Hurray."

As well as creating the stamps, Phelan was asked to design a 'First Day Cover (envelopes affixed with a stamp or stamps on the first day that they are made available for sale to the public) as well as the unique cancellation mark.

The stamps are now available from your local post office or online here.