FAI - The German Research and Study Group on Irish Philately - founded in 1982 - is a society with international members. It is mostly involved with research work around Irish Postal History. With over 150 members FAI is also one of the biggest research and study groups within the German Philatelic Association (BDPh).
FAI-members are inter alia interested in postage stamps, postal fees domestic and abroad, fiscal stamps, stationery, postmarks, postal history, censor mail, air mail, etc. but also in Irish history and culture in general.
FAI-experts give advice in their specific field of interest of the Irish philately.
Within the last 30 years already 150 issues of the FAI-Journal DIE HARFE on about 200 pages DIN A4 per year and more than 30 FAI-publications (handbooks, monographs or catalogues) have been published. Most of them can be regarded as being fundamental on Irish Philately and Irish Postal History.
FAI-members also take part on events in Ireland such as STAMPA (the yearly national stamp exhibition). Good relations to An Post in the past lead also to improvements in dealing with philatelic aspects.