The Irish Pound
The Irish pound was phased out of use in Ireland during January 2002. The Irish Pound (or Púnt -- its name in the Irish language) was fixed at 1 Euro to 0.787564 Irish Pounds. People still occasionally refer to prices in the old currency (especially when talking about expensive things like cars and houses) but for most day-to-day transactions it's a thing of the past.
The Euro is Ireland's new currency. Euro notes and coins issued in any Euro Zone country is legal tender in Ireland.
Old currency notes may still be exchanged for euros by calling into a bank. There are limits to the amount that may be converted in one transaction.
Euro Conversion Table
1 euro = 40.3399 Belgian francs
The euro's value compared to the US dollar varies all the time. At the time of writing (September 2002) it is almost parity with the US dollar, ie 1 dollar = (approx) 1 euro.
On the front of the banknotes, windows and gateways symbolize the European spirit of openness and co-operation. The 12 stars of the European Union represent the dynamism and harmony between European nations.
To complement these designs, the reverse of each banknote features a bridge. The bridges symbolize the close co-operation and communication between Europe and the rest of the world.
The eight denominations of coins will vary in size, colour and thickness according to their values which are 1, 2, 5, 10, 20 and 50 cent or EUR 1 and EUR 2. One euro is divided into 100 cent. One side of each coin will feature one of three designs common to all 12 euro area countries showing different maps of Europe surrounded by the 12 stars of the European Union.
The reverse side of each coin will show individual designs relating to the respective Member State, surrounded by 12 stars - see Country-specific faces, or click on the relevant country's flag.