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Irish Punt to Pound Sterling exchange rates

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Updated: 06 Oct 2022 Update History

This page looks at sources for historical exchange rates between the Irish Punt and Pound Sterling.

The Irish Punt was legal tender in the Republic of Ireland until 2002, when Ireland joined the Euro.

The Irish Punt, established by the Currency Act 1927, had a fixed link with Pound Sterling until March 1979. On 13th March 1979, Ireland joined the European Monetary System (EMS). Initially the Irish Punt kept parity with Pound Sterling, but on 30th March 1979 the link was broken when sterling broke the fluctuation limits set for the Irish Punt. An explanation of the circumstances of the break can be found in the article 'The Irish Pound: From Origins to EMU' by John Kelly, as published in the Spring 2003 edition of the Irish Central Bank's Quarterly Bulletin.

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Bank of England

The Bank of England database has several tables of Punt - Sterling (and US Dollar) exchange rates, including spot exchange rates and effective exchange rates.

Capital Gains Tax Service

Older editions of the FT/ICE Capital Gains Tax Service provide tables for Punts to the Pound, covering the period from 6th April 1984 to 2002. The tables show the spread for each day.

Central Bank of Ireland

The Central Bank of Ireland provides historic daily exchange rate data for the Irish Punt, covering from 13th March 1979 to 31st December 1998. The data is available to download as an Excel spreadsheet.
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