January 30 1942 AD: Money Laundering Scandal

The town of Athlone is hit by a money laundering crisis during the harsh economy of the War Years. To preserve scarce currency there are only fourteen pound notes and twenty-five 10 shilling notes in circulation in the state at the time. The crisis in Athlone occurs when due to over-fastidiousness on the part of the citizens, the ten bob note then circulating in the area becomes washed completely blank. There is widespread confusion with people buying large tracts of land, newspapers and even politicians with blank pieces of paper. It brings Athlone disgrace at the time but ironically is adopted 60 years later as the main way of doing business in Ireland.

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