Central Bank of Ireland - 75 Years of Public Service

75 Years of Public Service1 February 2018 marks the 75th anniversary of the foundation of the Central Bank of Ireland.

This important milestone provides the opportunity to pause and reflect on our past and consider the contribution the Central Bank has made over the decades to the history of the State, the European project and the people of Ireland.

The last seven and a half decades have been marked by challenges and change as the Central Bank adapted to a shifting economic and regulatory landscape.

From becoming the government’s banker to producing Ireland’s currency; from decimalisation to the euro changeover; through times of
economic growth and major financial crises.

The following documentary film takes you through the history of the organisation

We have also created this infographic outlining our role and functions

What does the Central Bank of Ireland do?

Programme of events

To commemorate this significant anniversary, the Central Bank is launching a varied programme of events aimed at a range of audiences, including the public, academics and our international colleagues.

  • In keeping with our role of issuing currency, we have launched a schools art competition which invites students of all ages to take inspiration from significant people and events from the past 75 years to design their own coin. 
  • An exciting new exhibition on the history of the Central Bank of Ireland will open in late-February 2018. Full details will be available on our Visitor Centre page soon.
  • Throughout 2018, our public outreach activities, such as the Ploughing Championships, Open House and Culture Night will also have an anniversary theme.

Check back at this page throughout the year for more details on our 75th Anniversary Programme.

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