🇮🇴 The postal service of British Indian Ocean Territory will issue a delightful, colourful miniature sheet containing 6 different stamps on 2 May 2018 on the subject of native plants of the territory. Although the total face value of the issue is over £6, the territory's postal service's output of new issues per year is not large and BIOT continues to produce some excellent stamps. Rating:- *****.
🇮🇪 An Post, the postal service of the Republic Of Ireland, is planning a remarkably modest number of stamp issues for spring 2018 - just 6 stamps in all for the second quarter of the year.
3 May 2018 - International statesmen - 50th death anniversary of Martin Luther King (US politician) and Centenary of the birth of Nelson Mandela, former President of South African - 2 stamps issued as a se-tenant pair. Designed by Aad and lithographed by Cartor and perforated 13.5. Rating:- **.
3 May 2018 - Europa (Bridges) - 2 stamps each issued in sheetlets of ten. Designed by Vermillion Design and lithographed by Cartor and perforated 13.5. Rating:- **. The depicted bridges are Mizen Head footbridge in County Cork and the Boone Viaduct in County Louth.
24 May 2018 - 50th anniversary of Na Píobairí Uilleann (the Society of Uilleann Pipers in Ireland) - 1 stamp - designed by Vermilion Design and lithographed by Cartor and perforated 14.5 x 14. An interesting design. Rating:- ***.
31 May 2018 - 1400th anniversary of the death of St. Kevin - 1 stamp - designed by Vermillion Design from a sculpture by Imogen Stuart and printed in lithography and perforated 13.5. St. Kevin's Day is celebrated on 3 June, 3 days after the date of issue. Rating:- ***