The King of the Irish Roads
The Story of Charles Bianconi
Copyright © 2012 by Brian Igoe
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Sums of money are referred to constantly in this book. As a VERY approximate guide, using the retail price index, in 1800 £1 would be worth around £55 (€65, $84) today, 2012), and remained at around that level until the end of the Napoleonic wars in 1815. So Daniel O’Connell’s earnings of £8,000 that year would equate to around £440,000 today. By 1820 that £1 would have been some £70 (€80, $107) today. It remained around that until the end of the book, and in fact until around 1890 when inflation again set in.