Bank Of Ireland Callan set to close

In what is seen as an accelerated process caused by the Covid-19 pandemic along with the shift to online banking Bank of Ireland confirmed it is closing the Callan branch as part of its island wide closure of 103 branches.

“For many years, the trend to digital banking has been evident, with customers using branches less and less. Covid-19 has accelerated this changing behaviour, and we’ve seen a seismic shift towards digital banking over the past 12 months,” Chief Executive Ms Francesca McDonagh said

In recent years Bank Of Ireland in Callan has reduced the types of services it has provided the community, in addition during the first phase of the pandemic in March 2020 the branch was closed for a number of weeks so many locals had sadly expected this closure to come.

However, concerns have been raised in relation to the loss of a bank in the town and how this may affect footfall to businesses within Callan and Green Street in particular once the Covid-19 lockdown restrictions are lifted. This loss will also be felt in a number of smaller villages near Callan which have no banking or post office services already.

As part of this recent announcement Bank Of Ireland has also announced a new partnership with An Post which will offer it’s customers access to a range of banking services at over 900 An Post locations. This will mean that withdrawing cash and making cash and cheque lodgements can be made at Callan Post Office once the bank branch is closed.

Bank Of Ireland has confirmed that the branch closures are expected to start in September 2021.

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