Bank of Ireland
Bank of Ireland opened for business on June 25, 1783 and in 1784 issued its own paper currency in Irish pound and guinea denominations.
In 1970, Bank of Ireland opened an office in London soon to be followed by offices throughout the United Kingdom. In 1997, they acquired Bristol & West, a large U.K. building society, and the New Ireland Assurance, one of Ireland's largest life insurance companies. By 2002, the bank operated over 250 retail branches in the Republic of Ireland and the United Kingdom. Bank of Ireland also had businesses in Australia, Canada, Germany, Japan, and the United States.
In January 2002, Ireland saw yet another change in its currency. The long-anticipated switch to the new standard currency known as the Euro became official. The change was made to simplify the European currency system and promote commerce between European countries. Bank of Ireland and its customers were well prepared when the changeover took place.
Bank of Ireland have a distribution network in Great Britain through their exclusive financial services partnership with the Post Office, serving 2.4 million customers and offering a full range of products, including mortgages, savings, credit cards and personal loans.
Bank of Ireland also offer a range of mortgages to the intermediary mortgage market in Northern Ireland and Great Britain.
Bank of Ireland have been operating in Northern Ireland for almost 200 years and are a full service bank with a 28 strong branch network, including business centres, as well as direct, phone and online services.
Car and asset finance is also provided under the Northridge Finance brand in Northern Ireland and Great Britain.