Airgead Páipear na hÉireann - Irish Paper Money
Citizens waiting to change punts into euros at
By February, 2002 the Irish Punt was discontinued and replaced with the European currency
called the Euro. The banknotes shown below have now passed into history. If you
have saved any of them, you might want to hold them as a keepsake.
The banknotes were put into circulation from 1992 to 1996. They are the last banknotes with Irish historical figures that will ever
Banc Ceannais na hÉireann - Bank of Ireland
£5 Catherine McAuley (1778-1841), foundress of the Sisters of Mercy.
£10 James Joyce (1882 - 1941), poet, author of Ulysses, Finnegan's wake.
£20 Daniel O'Connell (1775-1847), the liberator, mayor of Dublin.
£50 Douglas Hyde (1860-1949), first President of Ireland.
£100 Charles Stewart Parnell (1846 - 1891), author of 1886 declaration.
Nota cuig phunt - £5 Note - Aibheán (April), 1994
Catherine McAuley ata ar aghaidh an nota.
This side depicts Mother Catherine McAuley foundress of the
Sisters of Mercy. My wife was a member of her
religious community until 1980 in Dallas, Pennsylvania.
Behind her is Mater Misericordiae Hospital in Dublin, Ireland
Dan ata ar dhroim an nota.|
The poem in Irish on the blackboard reads:
Is Mise Raifterí an file,
Lán dóchais is grádh,
Le súilibh gan solas,
Le ciúnas gan cr/adh.
I'm Raftery the poet|
Full of hope and love
with eyes without light
And silence without sorrow
Nota deich bPunt - £10 Note - Meán Fómhair (September) 1993
Nota Fiche Punt - £20 Note - Samhain (November), 1992
James Joyce ar aghaidh an nota.
The front of the £10 note features James Joyce, the Irish poet.
Behind him is view of Dublin city. I cannot myself distinguish the view in the rear.
Finnegan's Wake ar dhroim an nota.|
The head represents the river Liffey. The opening lines of Finnegans Wake are
overlaid on part of a 19th century map of Dublin. Finnegan's wake begins
"Riverrun past Eve and Adam, from swerve of shore to bend of bay,
brings us by a commodius vicus of recirculation back to Howth
Castle and Environs."
Daniel O'Connell ar aghaidh an nota.
The front of the £20 note carries a portrait of Daniel O'Connell
based on a mezzotint by John Gubbins which is held in the
National Gallery of Ireland. The portrait is set against a contemporary
landscape drawing of Derrynane Abbey, Co. Kerry, the original of which is
held by the National Library.
Pledge of 1845 ar dhroim an nota.|
The back of the note bears a pledge signed in 1845 by O'Connell and others
and now held in the National Gallery of Ireland. In the foreground is a
drawing of the Four Courts, the original of which is held by the National
Nota Caoga Punt - £50 Note - Samhain (November) 1995
Nota Céad Punt - £100 Note - Meán Fómhair (September) 1996
Douglas Hyde ar aghaidh an nota.
The front of the £50 note features a portrait of Douglas Hyde
(1860-1949), first President of Ireland, by Robert Ballagh.
In the background is a drawing of Áras an Uachtaráin which is set against a
design from the interior of the base of the Ardagh Chalice.
Piobaire (a piper) ar dhroim an nota.|
note features a piper and the crest of Conradh na Gaeilge overlaid on a 16th
century manuscript from the collection of the Royal Irish Academy.
Charles Stewart Parnell ar aghaidh an nota.
In the background is a view of Avondale
House and gardens, Rathdrum, County Wicklow, the home of Parnell. A hound
appears in the foreground.
Parnell monument ar dhroim an nota.|
This is the Parnell monument located in O'Connell Street, Dublin. It includes the statue, the
torch, and metal work bearing the names of the four provinces.
These are set against a background of a section of the declaration made by
Parnell in 1886 in response to the introduction of the proposed Home Rule Bill and
which also appears on the monument.
Irish Punts bailed for destruction.
Courtesy of Vivian & Jack November, 2003
Background music: Parting Glass sequnced by Frank Lennon