The Central Bank said today that it continues to exchange old Irish pound notes or coins for euro and has no plans to withdraw this service.

Bernard Sheridan, the Director of Currency at the Central Bank, said it offers an exchange service for old Irish pound notes or coins, and for damaged euro notes and coins.

To avail of this service, people can send their old or damaged notes and coins by registered post to the Central Bank's Currency Centre or by making an appointment to visit the bank in person in North Wall Quay in Dublin.

People need to fill out the relevant forms and meet the requirements set out for the amount theyare submitting for exchange.

"We know that people find old Irish money all the time, and may not even realise they or a family member had it," Mr Sheridan said.

"We are glad to keep providing this service and we ask that people check out our website for full details on the exchange process," he added.

He also said that the Central Bank has recently had a number of queries about exchanging the sterling banknotes that are to be withdrawn by the Bank of England on September 30.

"The Central Bank of Ireland does not exchange any foreign currency, but the Bank of England website includes full details on how to exchange their old sterling notes before the withdrawal date," Mr Sheridan said.

"We would urge people to check any sterling notes they may have and make sure they exchange them before September 30," he added.