The first set of stamps I did were two mythological scenes.

This one shows the Children of Lir who were turned into swans by their wicked step mother. The rough is above and here is the finished artwork. This was in the days before I had a computer and I had to painstakingly paint the lettering onto an acetate overlay.

The next scene shows Oisin, son of Finn Mac Cumhaill, riding off across the waves to Tir na n'Og, with Niamh of the Golden Hair. Here is the artwork and below is a sheet of the printed stamps. It was certainly a big thrill to see my work reproduced as a stamp, and to think that they were being seen and used by millions of people.

I revisited both of these legends in the book The Names upon the Harp by Marie Heaney.

© PJ LYNCH 2011