Monday 5 December 2016

Return to tender

Published 24/02/2012 | 05:00

Ten years ago this month, Emer Philbin Bowman presided over a sort of "wake" for the departure of the punt (the currency, not the boat) at a special dinner at the Kildare Street Club in Dublin.

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As part of the "last hurrah", she wrote a limerick that her husband John delivered, on the retirement of Hazel Lavery from "currency duty".

"Lady Lavery's powers to entrance, cut no ice with the men in Finance, instead the big spenders, made her legal tender, to be had for just one hundred pence."

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