New bank begins trading in Limerick’s main thoroughfare

Nick Rabbitts

Reporter:

Nick Rabbitts

Turning the key at the new KBC hub in Limerick for the first time were Pat Watt, Damien Quigley and Willie Clancy and Sinead Coonerty
LIMERICK got a new bank this week in the shape of internationally well-known bank KBC.

LIMERICK got a new bank this week in the shape of internationally well-known bank KBC.

Twenty-five new jobs have been created as the Belgian lender has moved into its first ever high-street hub at a unit beside the Brazen Head pub on O’Connell Street.

On Monday morning, the bank’s management team Sinead Coonerty, Pat Watt, Willie Clancy, and former Limerick hurler Damien Quigley turned the key for the first time.

The new hub will open from Monday to Friday between 9am and 5.30pm, with late opening on Thursdays until 7pm to facilitate customers and their busy schedules.

The bank secured planning permission for the branch in the summer, and the opening sees KBC move from a small office in the Riverpoint complex, where it employed around six people.

Meanwhile, the new hub is the setting for the sixth leg of the rugby legends Malin to Mizen charity cycle, which will take place on Thursday, September 12.

Among the rugby legends lining out on the day for charity will be former New Zealand All Blacks Captain Anton Oliver, and the only three brothers ever to play for Ireland and the British and Irish Lions, David Wallace, Paul Wallace and Richard Wallace.

The Rugby legends are cycling from Malin to Mizen in seven days to raise awareness and vital funds for CROSS, a charity supporting cancer research and the improved patient care at the Institute of Molecular Medicine, Trinity College and St. James’s Hospital.