Acceptance of Credit Cards and ATM Cards in
Current and historic exchange
rates for Irish Pound, the Euro, Sterling (Northern Ireland) and other
The currency in the Republic of Ireland is the Euro (ISO currency code
EUR). There are 7 euro notes. In different colours and sizes they are
denominated in 500, 200, 100, 50, 20, 10 and 5 euros. The notes are uniform
throughout the euro area; unlike coins, they have no national side. The
designs are symbolic for Europe's architectural heritage. They do not
represent any existing monuments.
There are 8 euro coins denominated in 2 and 1 euros, then 50, 20, 10, 5,
2 and 1 cents. Every euro coin carries a common European face. On the
reverse, each Member State has their own motif. In the case of Irish
coins they have a harp, the date and the word "éire"
- i.e. word for Ireland in the Irish language.
The Euro is worth just under a US dollar at the time
of writing. The exact up to the minute exchange rate to your home
currency can be found
You can use Euro notes and coins (irrespective of
design) in any Euro participating country. This includes
Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Finland, France (including overseas
departments and territories), Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg,
Monaco, the Netherlands, Portugal, San Marino, Spain, and
If the single character Euro symbol € doesn't display
or print properly on your system (it should look somewhat like "C" with "="
through the middle), you can download the
Euro symbol software update from
Linux (Debian). If you use another operating system, visit the
relevant operating system developer's website for system updating
Old Irish banknotes can be converted into Euro at any Irish bank or at
many banks around the world.
The currency of Northern Ireland is the pound Sterling (currency code GBP).
Sterling banknotes are issued in GBP 5, GBP 10, GBP 20 and GBP 50
Coins are issued in the following denominations: 100p, 50p, 20p, 10p, 5p,
2p and 1p.
It is important to have a supply of the correct local currency for the
jurisdiction you are visiting. ATMs which accept any Visa, Plus, Cirrus,
MasterCard, Eurocard, or Eurocheque card are available 24 hours/day at
Dublin, Cork and
Shannon Airports. These dispense Euro, Sterling and
other currencies. Click on the airport of your choice for information on
airport banking hours and other airport related information. Your own
currency can be changed into Euro or Sterling at the airport bank when you
arrive. Rates will usually be better than if one bought Irish currency
outside the country. In addition to banks, money can be changed at most Post
Offices, Tourist Offices, and hotels.
The Eurocheque ceased to exist on 31.12.2001.
Further information on the Euro:
MS Windows Euro currency
symbol free downloads
Euro Change Over site for Ireland
Euro and EU info for
The Irish Euro Information Center web site