Blue850 Registered User
#1

Anybody know where I can get a list of the old reg letters for each county or does anybody here know them all? eg IM for Galway

LOTTOWINNER Registered User
#2

Don't Know them all but County Louth was IY eg HIY 223 but it changed to ZY eg KZY 465 and then around 1985 it changed to ZY 1234 four digit number instead of the previous 3 and just the 2 letters.
And of course we all Know what happened in 1987!

I beleive that pre-1966 the format was IY 9999 and when they exhasted all the numbers, it started AIY 1-999 BIY 1-999 etc

BrianD3 Registered User
#3

The letters for each county can be found in road traffic leglislation on
www.irishstatutebook.ie

There were a few Acts over the years to take account of new letters being needed as the old ones got used up.

Here is some legislation from 1958
http://www.irishstatutebook.ie/ZZSI14Y1958.html

Blue850 Registered User
#4

Thanks BrianD3 and Tom from Irish Vintage News for info.

Esel Not your ornery onager
#5

All registrations on the island had the letter 'I' or 'Z' (or both!) in them. Britain never used those letters. So the Paddies could be quickly spotted?

Blue850 Registered User
#6

The codes were issued to all 32 counties in alphabetical order when Ireland was governed by the UK hence Antrim havin IA and Laois being CI as it was Queens County in the alphabetical list. Seperate city codes were given to Limerick, Cork, Waterford at the end of the list, I'm still trying to work out Dublin's codes and some of the codes for the 6 counties, Did Belfast and the city of Derry have seperates codes from the counties they are in?

#7

esel
All registrations on the island had the letter 'I' or 'Z' (or both!) in them. Britain never used those letters. So the Paddies could be quickly spotted?

....but they do now since their new system came in......

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cxcully Registered User
#8

Voila Blue850....this is a particular obsession of mine.Extraordinarily saw a battered blue late 70s peugeot 504/5? with a CI Reg (Laois) this afternoon driving through Ahascragh,Co.Galway.I love keeping a look out for them when driving.
This is a great site,the man must be a nut:
http://www.olavsplates.com/

Wishbone Ash Registered User
#9

Blue850
Anybody know where I can get a list of the old reg letters for each county or does anybody here know them all? eg IM for Galway


(The list below may be out of date, i.e. made well before the ending in 1987 which may explain why some are missing)


Carlow County Council
IC.

Cavan County Council
ID.

Clare County Council
IE.

Cork County Council
IF, ZB, ZK, ZT, AIF, BIF, CIF, DIF, EIF, FIF, GIF, HIF, IIF, JIF, KIF, LIF, MIF, NIF, OIF, PIF, RIF, SIF, TIF, UIF, VIF, WIF, XIF, YIF, ZIF.

Donegal County Council
IH, ZP.

Dublin County Council and The Right Honourable the Lord Mayor, Aldermen and Burgesses of Dublin
IK, RI, YI, Z, ZA, ZC, ZE, ZI, ZD, ZH, ZJ, ZL, ZO, ZU, ARI, BRI, CRI, DRI, ERI, FRI, HRI, JRI, KRI, LRI, MRI, NRI, ORI, PRI, RRI, TRI, URI, WRI, XRI, YRI, AIK, BIK, CIK, DIK, EIK, FIK, HIK, IIK, JIK, KIK, LIK, MIK, NIK, OIK, PIK, RIK, TIK, UIK, WIK, XIK, YIK, ZIK, AYI, BYI, CYI, DYI, EYI, FYI, GYI, HYI, IYI, JYI, KYI, LYI, MYI, NYI, OYI, PYI, RYI, SYI, TYI, UYI, VYI, WYI, XYI, YYI.

Galway County Council
IM, ZM.

Kerry County Council
IN, ZX.

Kildare County Council
IO, ZW.

Kilkenny County Council
IP, AIP, BIP, CIP, DIP, EIP, FIP, HIP, IIP, JIP, LIP.

Laoighis County Council
CI.

Leitrim County Council
IT.

Limerick County Council
IU, AIU, BIU, CIU, DIU, EIU, FIU, HIU, IIU, JIU, KIU.

Longford County Council
IX.

Louth County Council
IY, ZY.

Mayo County Council
IZ, AIZ, BIZ, CIZ, DIZ, EIZ, FIZ, HIZ, IIZ, JIZ, KIZ.

Meath County Council
AI, ZN.

Monaghan County Council
BI.

Offaly County Council
IR.

Roscommon County Council
DI.

Sligo County Council
EI.

Tipperary, North Riding County Council
FI, AFI, BFI, CFI, DFI, EFI, FFI, GFI, HFI, IFI, JFI.

Tipperary, South Riding County Council
HI, AHI, BHI, CHI, DHI, EHI, FHI, HHI, JHI, KHI, LHI.

Waterford County Council
KI.

Westmeath County Council
LI.

Wexford County Council
MI, ZR.

Wicklow County Council
NI, ANI, BNI, CNI, DNI, ENI, FNI, GNI, HNI, INI, JNI.

The Lord Mayor, Aldermen and Burgesses of Cork
PI, ZF.

The Mayor, Aldermen and Burgesses of Limerick
TI.

The Mayor, Aldermen and Burgesses of Waterford
WI.

Blue850
I'm still trying to work out Dublin's codes and some of the codes for the 6 counties, Did Belfast and the city of Derry have seperates codes from the counties they are in?


Antrim IA,DZ,KZ,RZ

(Belfast OI,XI,AZ,CZ,EZ,FZ,GZ,MZ,OZ,PZ,TZ,UZ,WZ)

Armagh IB,LZ

Down IJ,BZ,JZ,SZ

Fermanagh IL

Derry IW,NZ,YZ

(Derry City UI)

Tyrone JI,HZ,VZ,

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Wishbone Ash Registered User
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LOTTOWINNER
I beleive that pre-1966 the format was IY 9999 and when they exhasted all the numbers, it started AIY 1-999 BIY 1-999 etc


I don't think it went by year but changed when the possibilities were exhausted. The xx 9999 system was introduced in 1904 and it took Leitrim (IT) a staggering 69 years (1972) to reach IT 9999. I presume in Dublin it was exhausted long before 1966.

In NI Fermanagh was the slowest series. IL 1 to IL 9999 took 54 years (1958).

pflanagan132 Registered User
#11

In what year would FYI 630 have been issued

Neilw Registered User
#12

pflanagan132 said:
In what year would FYI 630 have been issued


https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vehicle_registration_plates_of_the_Republic_of_Ireland

Nov 57 to oct 59.

Arthur Daley Registered User
#13

LOTTOWINNER said:
Don't Know them all but County Louth was IY eg HIY 223 but it changed to ZY eg KZY 465 and then around 1985 it changed to ZY 1234 four digit number instead of the previous 3 and just the 2 letters.


So when you were used to seeing ZY in Louth or surrounds, the current ZV reg can evoke some nostalgia for some, and not appear completly out of place.

jca Registered User
#14

pflanagan132 said:
In what year would FYI 630 have been issued


FYI issued 4/58 (Dublin)

jca Registered User
#15

cxcully said:
Voila Blue850....this is a particular obsession of mine.Extraordinarily saw a battered blue late 70s peugeot 504/5? with a CI Reg (Laois) this afternoon driving through Ahascragh,Co.Galway.I love keeping a look out for them when driving.
This is a great site,the man must be a nut:
http://www.olavsplates.com/


He answered a problem thats been bothering me for a while now, some Northern Ireland counties, Fermanagh in particular are starting to run out of letters. Fermanagh are using IG at the moment which was never issued to any county originally. They're going to start reversing the 3 letter sequences, 1-9999 AIL etc. NI were different to us in that they reversed the 2 letter allocations before starting the 3 letter sequences, Tyrone for example was JI 1-9999 issued in 12/03, then HZ, then VZ, they then went back to JI but the numbers were in front i.e. 1-9999 JI issued in 4/61(reversed plate it was called). Just some trivia for ye there lads.

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