Originally posted by davidmanning
Every time I visited Ireland, I found that £1 = 1 punt. Even in the cash machines. A quaint little custom which made everything 17% dearer.
Sorry David the Empire collapsed some time ago, so waving your sterling around in Irish pubs is not going to get you the going rate. Convert to Euro before you travel.
As to the cash machines only giving 1:1 - you must have either pressed the wrong buttons, or too much Guinness affected your ability to read.
OR - you may have been visiting in the mid 90's, when the punt WAS worth more than a pound. Happy happy days.