An Post has launched a new range of stamps to mark the "proud and selfless service" of the Irish Defence Forces.

The 60c set depicts the four branches of the force: Army, Navy, Air Corps and Reserve Defence Force.

Speaking at the launch of the stamps, Chief of Staff Lieutenant General Conor O'Boyle said: "The stamps symbolise the ethos of Óglaigh na hÉireann, Defending, Protecting and Supporting, at home and overseas."

An Post Chief Executive Donal Connell said that the stamps' designs capture the breadth of the important work undertaken by the Defence Forces.

"There will be keen national and international interest for these stamps from both philatelists as well as those with an interest in military history and peace-keeping activities throughout the world."

The stamps, a First Day Cover and a Prestige Booklet containing additional background information and extra stamps are available at the GPO, main post offices, and online at irishstamps.ie.