Bank of Ireland

  • Cash will be available all day at both the Belmullet and Westport branches of the Bank of Ireland from Monday next.

    A recent decision, had left customers in both areas unable to access cash after 12.30pm each day, with signs in the Belnullet branch advising customers who required cash transactions to travel to either Ballina or Castlebar after that time.

     Local Fine Gael councillor Gerry Coyle has campaigned to have the full service restored to the Belmullet branch. He described the restricted cash times as ludicrous and accused the Bank’s Head Office of failing to understand the distance a customer would have to travel to access a branch in Castlebar or Ballina.

    He  told Midwest News today that he’s delighted that as of Monday next, the bank has agreed to allow cash transactions 5 days a week throughout the working day in both branches.

  • Bank of Ireland is temporarily closing 101 of its branches across the country from tomorrow, due to coronavirus.

    It's due to a significant reduction in footfall over the past ten days.

    However, Bank of Ireland says 161 bank branches will remain open.

    In Mayo, 6 branches will remain open - in Ballina, Belmullet, Castlebar, Claremorris, Swinford and Westport.

    Normal opening hours will continue in these branches, but all other Bank of Ireland branches in the county will close from tomorrow - however ATM services will still be available at all branches.

    Meanwhile, AIB says its branches remain open to customers - except for those located on college campuses.


  • Bank of Ireland says it's aware some customers are having problems using debit cards and ATMs.

    There are intermittent problems with transactions but credit cards don't appear to be affected.

    The bank says it's investigating the problem and has apologised for the inconvenience.


  • The Bank of Ireland needs to clarify its plans for the future of the branch in Ballyhaunis.

    That's according to local solicitor Evan O'Dwyer, who has written to the Bank of Ireland CEO Francesca McDonagh on behalf of a number of local businesses and individuals, calling for an assurance that the branch in Ballyhaunis will reopen, once the Covid-19 restrictions are lifted.

    Ballyhaunis was one of over 100 branches nationally that are currently closed due to the pandemic.

    Bank of Ireland is the only bank left in Ballyhaunis, following the closure in recent years of the AIB and Ulster Bank branches, and Mr O'Dwyer says there are fears locally that this trial closure could ultimately lead to the permanent closure of the branch.....


    Bank of Ireland have announced the closure of 28 service centres around the country - affecting 419 employees.

    The centres provide administratoin and support services to the bank's customers and are due to close by the end of the year.

    Locations affected include Mayo, Cork, Tipperary and Dublin, with the roles being centralised as part of restructuring efforts.

    In a statement, the bank say affected staff will be able to apply for new roles within the company or early retirement options.


  • Bank of Ireland has confirmed that cash counters at their branches in Belmullet and Westport will remain open all day, from September.

    Last Summer, the Bank of Ireland closed cash counters at both branches from 12.30 each afternoon, which was a huge inconvenience for local people wishing to do their business and for tourists to the area - according to Erris-based FG Councillor Gerry Coyle.

    He and Minister Michael Ring led a campaign to have this decision reversed, and Councillor Coyle says the Bank of Ireland has now confirmed that, from September next, the cash counter will remain open all day at both the Westport and Belmullet branches.

  • Castlebar and Belmullet both enjoyed success last night at the Bank of Ireland National Enterprise Town Awards in Kilkenny.

    Castlebar scooped the prestigious Rising Star accolade in recognition of the town's commitment to community, retail and tourism development.

    The prestigious prize comes with the added bonus of €20,000 to be invested in community projects.

    The judges were impressed with Castlebar based on an initial visit in September where they were shown around the town before a presentation was made. The judges returned a second time to consider the town for the Rising Star award based on what they saw.

    In what was a strong category Castlebar overcame the challenge of areas such as the Dublin Docklands to win the award. The recent investment in the town by the likes of Carraig Donn and Meissner was a huge boost.

    Bernard Hughes from the Castlebar Chamber of Commerce says it’s a recognition of all the hard work that has gone in over the years.


    Belmullet was the other big winner on the night.

    The North Mayo community were winners of the Enterprise Town Awards in Connaught/Ulster region for towns with a population of less than 2,000.

    Local Fine Gael Councillor Gerry Coyle says it’s an amazing achievement for the town.


    Ballina were also nominated for an award at the event in Lyrath Estate last night.

    The annual awards, which are now in their fourth year, bring business, community groups and local authorities together, in each town, to showcase the spirit of enterprise in their local area. There are over 40 awards available from a total prize fund of €193,000.

    After being nominated by the Local Enterprise Office, Ballina, Castlebar and Belmullet were visited by the judges on September 25 & 26.

    Chief Executive of Mayo County Council, Peter Hynes, welcomed the news; “Strong local economies are the backbone of the County and as a Local Authority we are proud to support businesses and community groups working together to create jobs, drive growth and build thriving communities in Co. Mayo.

  • Claremorris was last night named the best small town in Connacht/Ulster at the Bank of Ireland Enterprise Towns, held in Lyrath Estate in Kilkenny.

    Claremorris picked up the overall award in the small town category, while Westport was a runner-up in the regional section.

    Ballina and Castlebar also represented Mayo at last night’s awards.

  • Four Mayo towns are in the running to be named Ireland's most enterprising town.

    Ballina, Belmullet, Castlebar and Westport are among the nominees in the 2019 Bank of Ireland National Enterprise Town Awards, which bring business and community groups together to showcase the spirit of enterprise in their local area.

    There are 79 nominees this year, and the competition is open to small, medium and large towns as well as cities.

    A total prize fund of almost €200,000 will be shared by 41 towns, including the overall national winner and the winner of the "Rising Star" category.

    Judges will visit all nominated areas during August and September, with the winners being announced in December.



  • Gardai are this evening warning of a scam where people are receiving text messages for Bank of Ireland 365.

    A message from the bank being sent to users tells them that their online account has been disabled due to unusual activity.

    The scam is being sent through a text message that urges the user to click a link that sends them to an external website.

    However, the link is not a legitimate website, and is not a Bank of Ireland link.

    In a statement issued about scam texts and emails, Bank of Ireland said: "We are aware of fraudsters sending fake emails and texts to Irish consumers, pretending to be from Bank of Ireland.

    "Customers are being asked to remain vigilant against online fraud and cyber activity, as the COVID-19 outbreak provides fraudsters with increased potential to exploit the current period of uncertainty. In particular we are asking customers to be wary of fake websites imitating Bank of Ireland websites.

  • A Mayo Senator has welcomed the decision by Bank of Ireland to reverse the decision to make several branches completely cashless.

    Bank of Ireland confirmed to Midwest News today that by the end of 2018, it will offer a full counter service at 164 branches spread across every county in Ireland. This includes some branches in County Mayo.

    This is happening on a phased basis and some branches have already implemented it. Full details of the branches that will have the service restored have not been confirmed by the bank as of yet.

    At present Ballinrobe, Ballyhaunis, Charlestown and Kiltimagh have no cash desk facilities, while in Belmullet, Claremorris and Swinford the cash counter only operates for two and a half hours in the morning.

    In July Erris based Fine Gael Councillor Gerry Coyle confirmed to Midwest News that the cash counters at the Bank of Ireland branches in Belmullet and Westport will remain open all day from September.

    Sinn Fein Senator Rose Conway-Walsh, who is a member of the Oireachtas Finance Committee, says the decision by Bank of Ireland has not materialised out of nothing and has called on other banks who have curtailed branch services to take note of this row back by Bank of Ireland and respect their customers.