One small typo for An Post…One big Branding ball’s up for unveiling of Space Exploration stamps.

Irish moon landing stamp spells 'moon' wrong
Irish moon landing stamp spells 'moon' wrong

On the 18th July, retired Colonel, U.S. Air Force and NASA astronaut, Cady Coleman unveiled four new Space Exploration stamps, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing and US astronauts of Irish ancestry. 

But there was spelling error on some of the stamps – reminding all designer to double check spelling if Irish is not your first language.

The Irish word for moon is “gealach”. But the stamp accidentally spelled it “gaelach”, which means being Gaelic

Instead of reading “The 50th Anniversary of the First Moon Landing”, it now reads “50th Anniversary of the First Landing on the Irish”.

An Post has said that it has made arrangements to ensure that such errors will not happen again.

The €1 stamps designed by Detail Design Studio are valid for postage within the island of Ireland and available in selected post offices, online at or by phone at (353 1) 705 7400. This special stamp issue also includes a First Day Cover envelope (€4) and colourful Miniature Stamp Sheet (€5) which can also be bought online at or at the GPO, Dublin.

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