Joint Irish / German Issues--:
This special stamp was issued on June 15th., 1989 and features the illustration of the three Irish martyrs Cillian (Killian), Colman and Totnan, taken from the "Passionate aus Hirsau".The Irish stamp was produced as a 28p value, while the German stamp was produced as a single 100 PFG's value.It was designed by Paul Effert from Germany.It also had a special presentation pack.
As the only country that did not belong to the Roman Empire, Ireland had been converted
to Christianity by Palladius and Saint Patrick. The Irish form of Christianity was based
on the Bible and featured groups of men going into remote places to prasy and be nearer to
God. Several times during the 7th century wandering missionaries left Ireland
to make the Gospel known among the Germanic peoples.
Although Irish monks and pilgrims had brought the cult of the Franconian apostles back to the country of their origin as early as in the Middle Ages, it wasnt fully developed until the 19th century.
Cardinal Tomas OFiaich, Primate of Ireland, visited Wurzburg on the occasion of St. Killians feast in 1989, opened a special week of prayer to St. Kilians and accompanied the relics of the Franconian apostles from Neumunster cathedral to the Cathedral of St. Killian.