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    Currency in Ireland – Euro EUR

    A practical foreign exchange and currency guide to Ireland

    What currency is used in Ireland?

    The official currency of Ireland is the euro, with symbol and currency code EUR.

    Things to know about the euro


    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.

     

    What the euro looks like?

     

     

     

    Euro – Markets & Rates

    1 EUR = 1.0568 USD
    Sell EUR  →  Buy USD
    EUR to USD at 1.0563 is 2.8% below its 90-day average 1.0864 with range 1.0381-1.1325.
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      1 USD = 0.9463 EUR
     
    4-DAY+1.6%
    14-DAYHIGH

    Euro - Trend & Outlook

    As the tragic Ukraine war continues USD/EUR is near 0.95, a 5 year high.

    Due to the Eurozone’s reliance on gas from Russia, the euro is very vulnerable to the events in Ukraine with EUR/USD dropping to around 1.06 by the end of April whereas it had been approaching 1.15 in early February.

     USD-EUR Forecasts


    At the start of the tragic Russian invasion of Ukraine the euro sank to parity against the safe-haven Swiss franc hitting 0.9985 francs per euro on March 7th, the lowest since January 2015.

    By the end of April the euro fell to a 5-Year low around 1.05 against the US dollar and the short term news for the single currency is all negative. Global bans against Russian oil and gas and uncertainty over ECB interest rate plans have prompted predictions in the currency markets for parity for the euro against the greenback this year.

     EUR Outlook

    DateEUR/USDChangePeriod
    05 May 2022
    1.0540
    0.4% 2 Week
    18 Feb 2022
    1.1322
    6.5% 3 Month
    19 May 2021
    1.2171
    13% 1 Year
    20 May 2017
    1.1208
    5.5% 5 Year
    21 May 2012
    1.2788
    17.2% 10 Year
    24 May 2002
    0.9210
    14.9% 20 Year
    EUR/USD change over periods to 19-May-2022

     

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    Travelling to Ireland

    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.

    History is everywhere, from the breathtaking monuments of prehistoric Ireland at Brú na Bóinne, Slea Head in Kerry and Carrowmore in Sligo, to the fabulous ruins of Ireland’s rich monastic past at Glendalough, Clonmacnoise and Cashel.

    Cliffs of Moher.

    What currency is used in Ireland?

    The Euro has been the currency in circulation in Ireland since the beginning of 2002. It replaced The Irish pound (“punt Éireannach” in Irish). There are two currencies in use on the island of Ireland, so come prepared. You should be aware that as part of the UK, Northern Ireland uses pound sterling, not the euro. Since international bank cards will work perfectly in ATMs and chip and pin terminals on both sides it won’t make a huge difference, but it’s worth knowing if you’re planning to shop. In the 6 counties of Northern Ireland (Fermanagh, Armagh, Tyrone, Derry, Antrim and Down), sterling (GBP) is the currency used.

    How to travel in Ireland?

    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. Ireland’s size makes domestic flying unnecessary, but there are flights between Dublin and Belfast, Cork, Derry, Donegal, Galway, Kerry, Shannon and Sligo aimed at passengers connecting from international flights. Flights linking the mainland to the Aran Islands are popular.

    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.

    Streets of Dublin.Ireland’s compact size and scenic landscapes make it a good cycling destination. However, unreliable weather, many very narrow roads and some very fast drivers are major concerns. Special tracks such as the 42km Great Western Greenway in County Mayo are a delight. A good tip for cyclists in the west is that the prevailing winds make it easier to cycle from south to north.

    Ireland’s offshore islands are all served by boat. Ferries also operate across rivers, inlets and loughs, providing useful short cuts, particularly for cyclists.

    Travel tips for Ireland.

    Everything you’ve heard is true: Ireland is a stunner. The locals need little prodding to proclaim theirs the most beautiful land in the world, and can support their claim with many examples. Everyone will argue over the must-sees but you can’t go wrong if you put on your to-visit list the brooding loneliness of Connemara, the dramatic wildness of Donegal, the majestic mountains of Mourne, the world-famous scenery of counties Kerry and Cork, and the celebrated Causeway Coast.

    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.

    Buses won’t stop unless you put your hand out. If you are taking the bus this is vitally important. But be warned, some days even putting your hand out and waving it around won’t be enough to make them stop. So don’t be surprised if you see people at the bus stop jumping up and down in desperation when the bus is in view.

    While most of the major Irish sights can be taken in using public transport or tour buses, renting a car is worth considering, to get to those spectacular places off the beaten track.

     

    The Euro is also the domestic currency in 32 other countries.

     

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