Send Money to Ireland Safely with a Competitive Rate

Information verified correct on December 5th, 2016

Ireland

Do you want to find an easy and affordable way to send money to Ireland? Here’s how you can move money internationally without breaking the bank.

You don’t have to attend a St Patrick’s Day Parade to see just how much of an influence the Irish have had on modern American culture. The 2013 American Community Survey revealed that over 33 million Americans have Irish ancestry – that’s more than 10 per cent of the total population.

So if you need to send money to Ireland from the USA, there are plenty of ways to go about it.

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Rates last updated December 5th, 2016
Min. Transfer Amount Transfer Speed Services Online Transfer Fee Rate Amount Received
WorldRemit International Money Transfers
An online money transfer service ... with cash pickup, bank account to bank account and airtime transfers available.
USD 1 Within an hour
OnlineCash Transfer
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World First Foreign Exchange
Transfer money into a range ... of currencies online and over the phone.
USD 500 2 days
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Transferwise International Money Transfers
Make online transfers in a ... range of currencies and enjoy high maximum transfer amounts.
USD 1 1 day
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HiFX International Money Transfers
Transfer money between 20 currencies ... and enjoy scheduled regular transfers. No fee for transfers over US $5,000.
USD 100 2 days
OnlinePhoneAgent
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Travelex International Money Transfers
Get your foreign currency delivered ... to your home or pick up at a store.
USD 500 2 days
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Currencies Direct International Money Transfers
$0 online transfer fee that ... you can access 24/7.
USD 100 2 days
OnlinePhone
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USForex International Money Transfers
Take advantage of competitive exchange ... rates and cheap transfer fees.
USD 150 1 day
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MoneyGram International Money Transfers
Send money anywhere, from anywhere.
USD 1 Same day
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TorFX International Money Transfers
TorFX guarantee to beat any ... competitor's exchange rate for a transaction. Conditions apply
USD 100 1 day
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Western Union Money Transfers
Send money online to friends ... and family around the world with Western Union.
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Banks versus money transfer companies

While banks can handle international transfers to destinations all around the world, they usually charge a hefty fee for doing so.

However, if you use a specialist money transfer company to send your money overseas, you can usually find a better deal. These companies focus on moving money internationally and provide superior exchange rates and lower fees compared to the major banks. The exact cost and transfer methods available differ between providers, so you should compare a few different providers before placing a transfer request.

Case Study: Walt Sends Money to Ireland

Walt has spending three months travelling around the USA while his girlfriend stays home in Ireland. When Walt’s girlfriend needs some financial assistance to help her cover the rent, Walt agrees to send her $1,000. He compares two money transfer companies in an effort to find the cheapest way to send his funds overseas.

Money transfer company 1Money transfer company 2
Exchange rate1 USD = 0.87 EUR1 USD = O.89 EUR
Transfer fee$58$5
Transfer methodCash pickupBank account deposit
Processing time10 minutes3 business days
Amount received (in EUR)870 EUR890 EUR

As you can see, not only can Walt save more than $50 in fees if he uses the second transfer company, but he can also ensure that his girlfriend receives an extra 20 Euros.

How to compare transfer companies when transferring money to Ireland

  • Exchange rates. What exchange rates does the company offer and how do they compare with its competitors?
  • Fees. How much will you have to pay each time you send a global transfer?
  • Transfer methods. Can you place a transfer over the phone, online, by visiting a branch and/or via a mobile app?
  • Transfer options. Can you place a forward contract or limit order, or can you schedule a recurring payment for the future?
  • Turnaround time. How long will it take for the funds you send to reach your beneficiary’s pocket or bank account?
  • Minimum amount. Is there a minimum transfer limit and is it low enough to suit your transfer requirements?
  • Pickup methods. Can cash be picked up from an agent location or will it simply be transferred to your recipient’s bank account?
  • Customer service. Are phone, email and online support offered? During what hours?
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How to send money to Ireland from America

  • Bank transfers. Transfers between banks are secure but can be costly.
  • Online money transfer providers. These companies, for example USForex, offer secure and affordable transfers.
  • Money transfer companies with cash pickup options. MoneyGram, Western Union and Ria all offer this option.
  • PayPal. PayPal can send international money transfers around the globe.
  • Checks. International checks can be obtained from your bank.
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Emergency cash transfers in Ireland

If you need to get money to Ireland as quickly as possible, be aware that the fastest transfer methods will cost you more. As well as high transfer fees, a lower-than-usual exchange rate may also apply. With this in mind, make sure you’re fully aware of the total cost of your transaction before you commit to it.

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Cash pickup locations in Ireland / Western Union / MoneyGram / Ria branches in Ireland

If you want to send money that your recipient can collect from a transfer agent in Ireland, Western Union, MoneyGram and Ria can help. You’ll need to give your beneficiary the transaction ID number you receive, and remind them to take along their driver’s license or other photo ID when they go to pick up the funds. The details of some popular cash pickup locations are listed below.

Western Union

Dublin

An Post Ballyowen

Ballyowen Castle Shopping Centre

Dublin,

+353-872-259774

Open: 9am to 5:30pm Monday to Wednesday and Friday; 9am to 7pm Thursday; 9am to 1pm Saturday

Spireleven

5 7 O Connell Street Upr

Dublin, Dublin 1

+353-1800395395

Open: 9am to 8pm seven days

Galway

Merlin Pharmacy

Doughiska Retail Centre

Merlin, Galway

+353-1800395395

Open: 9am to 6pm Monday to Saturday

Asiatic Manila Food Store

25 Upper Abbeygate Street

Galway City, Galway

+353-180-0395395

MoneyGram

Dublin

Joe Walsh Tours Ltd

69 O’Connell St Upper

Dublin,

Open: 8am to 6pm Monday to Saturday, 10am to 6pm Sunday

Reynolds

6 Abbey St Lower

Dublin, D1

Open: 6:30am to 10:30pm Monday to Saturday, 8:30am to 10:30pm Sunday

Galway

Cash Connection

2 Mary St

Galway

Open: 10am to 6pm Monday to Saturday

Electronic Partner

19-21 Eglinton St

Galway

Open: 8:30 to 6:30pm Monday to Friday, 12pm to 6pm Saurday and Sunday

Ria

Dublin

Ria Financial Services Ireland

Suites 17/18. 40-41 Dominick Street Lower

Dublin DN

No information on opening hours available

Galway

Ria does not have any locations in Galway

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Tips for picking up cash in Ireland

Ireland is a safe travel destination for American tourists but you should still take care whenever you pick up cash from a transfer agent. This means staying aware of your personal safety at all times and taking a few steps to prevent yourself becoming a target for thieves. Don’t wave your cash around in front of strangers, avoid high-crime areas and don’t carry large sums around for any longer than you have to.

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How to send money to Ireland

When you send money to Ireland, you will most likely need to sign up for an account with a money transfer provider. You can do this by supplying:

  • Your name
  • Your date of birth
  • Your phone number and email address
  • Valid photo ID, for example a driver’s license

You will also need to provide your beneficiary’s name and contact details as well as the details of your transaction, and make sure to make a note of any transaction tracking number you receive.

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Transfer money into a range of currencies online and over the phone.

Transferwise International Money Transfers

Make online transfers in a range of currencies and enjoy high maximum transfer amounts.

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