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Foreign Exchange Guide to Ireland

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Country Code:
IE
Domestic Currency:
Euro
Symbol - Code:
€ EUR
Telephone Prefix:
+353

In this guide we review :

  1. Euro info - general info about the Euro
  2. Euro in the markets - recent EUR moves and predictions from the FX markets
  3. Travelling in Ireland - currency & money saving tips
  4. Buying Euro cash online - travel money for Ireland
  5. Sending money to Ireland - save on Euro bank transfers to Ireland
  6. Euro exchange rates - latest info & charts.

Euro (EUR) general currency information

The three letter currency code for the Euro is EUR and the symbol is . It is the domestic currency in Eurozone, Aaland Islands, Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Estonia, Finland, France, French Guinea, French Southern Territories, Germany, Greece, Guadeloupe, Vatican City, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Malta, Martinique, Mayotte, Monaco, Montenegro, Netherlands, Portugal, Reunion, Saint Barthélemy, Saint Martin, Saint Pierre And Miquelon, San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia and Spain.

The euro (ISO: EUR) is involved in slightly more than 30% of all foreign exchange deals, and as such, is the world’s second most traded currency, behind the US dollar.

The euro is the currency of the eurozone (officially called the ‘euro area’), which consists of 19 of the 28 member states of the European Union, and is used by almost 350 million Europeans. It was introduced in January 1999.

Of all the thousands of exchange rates that exist in the world, the euro-to-US dollar exchange rate is the most actively traded, or most ‘liquid’.

Since its introduction, the euro’s lowest value against the dollar came in October 2000 when EUR/USD hit lows of 0.8231. The currency was strongest in July 2008, shortly before the worst stage of the 2007-2009 financial crisis, when EUR/USD reached 1.6038.

There are currently more than twenty nations and territories which peg their currencies to the euro, the largest of which is Denmark.


Euro (EUR) in the markets

The euro was the best performing major international currency in 2017 and it entered 2018 in equally good form. By mid-January, the euro was at three-year highs against the dollar above $1.22. It was stable against the British pound, at rates close to £0.89.

In early 2018, two pieces of bullish news fuelled widespread euro buying.

First, news that Angela Merkel’s CDU-CSU party bloc had achieved a breakthrough in coalition talks with the Social Democrats reduced political uncertainty in Europe’s largest economy.

Secondly, more hawkish-than-expected December meeting minutes from the ECB. At the meeting, policymakers discussed whether the bank would need to change its communication in 2018, which traders took to mean a potential upcoming signal for a further reduction in monthly asset purchases (akin to tighter monetary policy).

2018 Forecasts: European banks disagree on the outlook for the euro. While Danske Bank believes that a continuation of euro strength is likely – the bank sees EUR/USD at 1.25 at 2018 year-end – the team at ABN Amro believes the euro’s “resilience will be tested.” ABN predicts a EUR/USD rate of 1.15.

Danske sees EUR/GBP a little lower in 12 months’ time, at 0.86, from December ’17 rates near 0.887, but UBS forecast a much higher rate, at 0.95.


Ireland currency and money saving tips

Ireland is a beautiful country filled with rolling green hills, castles, beautiful cliffs, Guinness beer, and super-friendly locals. Dublin is a lively city with great pubs and history while the country is filled with beautiful landscapes and castles, so it’s hard not to have a good time here. The country is small so it's easy to explore the whole thing, it is vibrant and fun. The Euro has been the currency in circulation in Ireland since the beginning of 2002. It replaced The Irish pound (punt Éireannach in Irish). Be aware though that in the 6 counties of Northern Ireland (Fermanagh, Armagh, Tyrone, Derry, Antrim and Down), sterling (GBP) is the currency used.

Ireland is extremely well-served by budget airlines traveling throughout the UK and Europe. By booking in advance with the likes of Ryanair, Easyjet, and BMIBaby, you can get cheap flights from Ireland to elsewhere in the world. For cheap bus travel take the Green bus like most locals, they service most of Ireland. Eat at the pubs for good, hearty local Irish food that won't destroy your wallet. If you like visiting heritage sites grab a OPW Heritage card. It gives access to main attractions, including most of the castles throughout the country. The card costs 25 EUR for adults.

 Bus is convenient but renting a car in Ireland can be fantastic to get around on your own schedule. The traffic is not hectic and the roads are good. The bus is fine, but if you have the ability be sure to rent a car to see the countryside and meet the people on your own timetable.  If you stay at a B&B (Bed and Breakfast) eat the big breakfast that is served.. It will last you well  beyond midday. Lunch is then often later without much need for a big dinner. Again saving you some dollars.



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Travel money for Ireland

Save money and time by Ordering your Euro online from Travelex, you get better rates and can pick up the EUR cash locally or even on travel day at the airport.

Another popular option is to use a Pre-paid Travel Card. Your Debit/Credit Card provider will charge you 2% from market mid-rate, but your bank may also charge an extra 3% as an “Overseas Transaction Charge” plus “Overseas ATM” fees for withdrawing cash.

For card purchases if offered a choice of currencies always select to Pay in Euro otherwise you may get much worst exchange rates.



Sending money to Ireland

When sending money to Ireland it’s important to compare your bank’s rates & fees with those we have negotiated with our partner money transfer providers. To get a better deal you should follow these 3 simple steps :

  1. Open an account with a BER reviewed FX provider (id docs may be required)
  2. You specify the local or Euro amount you want to transfer
  3. Make a local currency domestic transfer for the requested amount to the provider's bank account in your country
  4. Once your funds are received by the provider the converted EUR amount will be transfered to the recipient account you specify in Ireland.

By comparing the rates of FX specialist providers rates versus your bank's standard rates you can hopefully save around 5% and maybe more - end result is more Euro deposited into the recipient bank account in Ireland and less margins and fees kept by the banks!


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