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Greetings in Manx

Collection Issue Date: 4th July 2019

A Special Day in the Life of Manx Mice

Isleof Man Post Office (Oik Postagh Ellan Vannin) is pleased to encourage popular use of the Manx language by presenting this joyful set of six stamps which is a collaboration between Culture Vannin and Manx artist Mary Cousins. A story in pictures of a day in the life of two Manx mice forms an introduction to basic greetings in Manx Gaelic.

The issue coincides with the 120th anniversary of the Manx Language Society and the International Year of Indigenous Languages 2019, of which Culture Vannin is a partner organisation.

Issue Information

The Manx language is one of the Island's most important cultural assets; it is an Island success story and something in which we all can take great pride.  Isle of Man Post Office is therefore proud to issue this wonderful set of six joyful stamps which tells the story of a day in the life of two Manx mice and forms an introduction to basic greetings in Manx Gaelic.

Our Stamps

A Special Day in the Life of Manx Mice

1st - Moghrey Mie (Morr-a-My) – Good Morning:  An early rise on a beautiful sunny morning.

EU - Kys T'ou (Kis-Tow) – How Are You?:  The first to arrive at the Tynwald Fair.

Large - Slaynt Vie (Slent-Vy) – Cheers (or Good Health):  In view of Culture Vannin HQ sampling takes place in the Manx produce tent.

£1:30 - Fastyr Mie (Fass-ter-My) – Good Afternoon (or Evening): Time enough for an ice cream on Port Erin beach.

RoW - Slane Lhiu (Slenn-L'yoo) – Goodbye (plural):  Sailing home as the sun sets.

£2:05 – Oie Vie (Ee-Vy) – Good Night:  The end of a perfect day.

Mary Cousins

Mary is a Manx-born published illustrator and award-winning artist. She studied at the IOM College and Kingston School of Art in London and counts drawing and needle-felting as her favourite activities. Mary was recently commissioned by Culture Vannin to produce a series of advent calendar illustrations.

Her work can be viewed at instagram.com/maryfcousins

It has been a real pleasure to work with Culture Vannin and Isle of Man Stamps on this issue and a privilege to see my characters on stamps. It's exciting to think of them travelling around the world through the mail and I hope they spread a little Manx cheer on the way.   Mary Cousins.

Jamys O'Meara

Jamys is the current Manx Language Development Officer (Yn Greinneyder) for Culture Vannin. The role is to raise the profile of Manx Gaelic both within the Island and internationally and to assist organisations who work to support the language. The adult language programme now includes online lessons and resources to complement the established publishing catalogue, as well as Culture Vannin's two highly-praised Manx language apps. Jamys will continue this important work and focus on creating resources suitable for learners at intermediate and higher levels.

www.culturevannin.im

Children enjoying Manx celebrations at Culture Vannin on Tynwald Day.

Technical Information

Illustrations Mary Cousins
Text Jamys O'Meara / Culture Vannin
Design EJC Design
Printer Lowe Martin
Process Offset Lithography
Colours 4
Paper 110 gms PVA gummed
Perforations 13 per 2cm
Stamp Size 40 x 30mm
Format Sheets of 20
Date of Issue 4th July 2019

Collection Products

Greetings in Manx Set and Sheet Set
Greetings in Manx Set and Sheet Set

Product Code: XI31
Product Issue Date: 4th July 2019

A charming, joyful set of six stamps telling a story in pictures of a day in the life of two Manx mice. The set forms an introduction to basic greetings in Manx Gaelic.


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Greetings in Manx Presentation Pack
Greetings in Manx Presentation Pack

Product Code: XI41
Product Issue Date: 4th July 2019

In collaboration with Culture Vannin, this joyful, fun and charming four sided, glossy presentation pack tells the story of a day in the life of a Manx mouse.


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Greetings in Manx First Day Cover
Greetings in Manx First Day Cover

Product Code: XI91
Product Issue Date: 4th July 2019

This wonderful deluxe envelope features all six of the fun and charming Greetings in Manx stamps, cancelled with a special postmark for the first date of issue.


Price: £8.12

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