When my wife and I visited Ireland two summers ago, the exchange rate for the Euro was about $0.87. We paid about $0.95 per Euro at banks across the country, discovering the hard way that the official exchange rate and the actual exchange rates are quite a bit different. Now the exchange rate is about $1.30 per Euro, making Irish products, and Irish trips, much more expensive for Americans. I hope that it does come down again and make a return visit more feasible. At the current rate, forget about it.