One of the greatest poets of the 20th Century, Seamus Heaney has been commemorated with a special stamp to mark the anniversary of his death. 

The stamp, which was released today, has come one year after his passing, and celebrates the life of the Nobel prize winning poet, translator and  Irish icon. 

The stamp features a simple and classic image of Heaney, and will be available to buy online through An Post or from post offices nationwide. Speaking at the launch of the stamp, his son Michael said "we are immensely moved that An Post has chosen to mark Dad’s memory with the issue of this stamp. The year since he died has been a sad time for our family, but this is not only a wonderful testament to his life and work, but also a reminder of the generosity and support people have shown since Dad’s passing". 

There is also a special first day covering envelope, which contains an extract of his poem 'Bogland' which is available with the collection also.