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St Patrick's Day (March 17th) became an official public holiday in Ireland in 1903. The general absence of this date on Irish banknotes suggests that in practice, it was a bank holiday for many years prior to this date. Curiously, a few examples bearing the March 17th date exist: a Ffrench's bank Dublin 25 shillings from 1813 and the 'mimeograph' notes of trader William Murphy of Killarney, Co.Kerry. The example attached is for a 1 shilling 7 1/2 pence note (equivalent to 1/14th of a guinea).
Irish Republican Bonds issued in dollar denominations in the USA during the 1860's sometimes bear the March 17th date. Although not banknotes, these bonds have found interest among banknote collectors. An examples of a $5 O'Mahony bond is attached.
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A noteworthy point is that the date 17 March does not appear on any of the Lavery notes, or on B Series or C Sereies notes, or on any of the Bank of Ireland or National notes from 1922 onwards. This is possibly because it is a holiday, and not a working day in ireland. I haven't checked the others yet!