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Irish Punt to Pound Sterling exchange rates

The Irish Punt was legal tender in the Republic of Ireland until 2002, when Ireland joined the Euro. This guide outlines the sources for historical exchange rates between the Irish Punt and Pound Sterling.



The Irish Punt established by the Currency Act 1927 had a fixed link with Pound Sterling until March 1979.


Ireland joined the European Monetary System (EMS) which began operation on 13th March 1979. 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.


There are a number of general sources for exchange rates that are held by the Library & Information Service - see the full list at Historical exchange rates.

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

The Capital Gains Tax Service from FT Interactive Data provide tables for Punts to the Pound covering the period from 6th April 1984 to 2002. The table shows the spread for each day. The ICAEW Library & Information Service holds a copy of the current volume. 

Central Bank of Ireland

The Central Bank of Ireland publishes historic daily exchange rate data for 1979 to the present day. The data is available to download as excel spreadsheets.


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