13 can either be lucky or unlucky, so it has been all change in 2013 for the registration plate in Ireland. From now on, all new cars will have a different format registration plate.
The Irish Motor Industry changed the plate because of the seasonality of car sales in Ireland. 80% of new cars are sold in the first half of the year. The new number plate system will help spread car sales more evenly through the year.
A very useful video has been produced by The Society of the Irish Motor Industry that can be viewed below.