AIB launches 'Build A Bank' initiative in three Kilkenny schools

It sees a team of students set up and manage a bank in their school, with support from AIB student officer


Ben O’Mahony, Rory Connellan, Linda Byrne, Deirdre Keher (AIB) and Colaiste Pobail Osrai's Noah Snyder, Cathal Mac Aodhbhui , Ewan McLoughlin, Donal O’Laoghaire, Tomas O’ Malley and Frankie Keoghan

AIB has launched its ‘Build a Bank’ initiative in three Kilkenny secondary schools, which will each see a team of students set up and manage a bank in their school with the support of a dedicated AIB student officer.

The students get involved in everything from developing a business plan, branding their bank and engaging with the community, to sourcing new customers through creative marketing campaigns.

Sinead Kane, who is a Visual Impaired Athlete launched AIB’s Build a Bank Challenge in Loreto Kilkenny. Sinead gave an inspirational talk to the girls about the obstacles that have been put in her path since she was a child. She is a Law graduate, and never let her disability hold her back.

Since discovering running five years ago, she achieved the Magnificent Seven – seven marathons, seven continents in seven days. This achievement made it into the Guinness Book of Records.

Loreto’s Build a Bank Team is made up of six TY students – Lainey Gilsenan (Bank Manager), Rebecca Paula Paunescu (Chief Operating Officer), Anna McCabe (Financial Controller), Suzy Kelly (Marketing Manager), Neasa Ruane (Community Outreach Officer) & Orlaith Daly (Customer Care Manager). They are pictured here with Sinead Kane, Linda Byrne (AIB Student Officer) and Deirdre Keher (AIB Retail Manager). The bank is called ‘The Olympic Bank’. Through the programme, the girls will market the bank, give students valuable financial and digital innovation skills.

AIB Build a Bank Challenge was launched in CBS Kilkenny by former Kilkenny hurler Kieran Joyce and Waterford’s Michael ‘Brick’ Walsh. Kieran and Michael hosted a GAA Skills session with first and second year students, which they thoroughly enjoyed. It became very competitive with prizes for best goal.

Following the session, the Build a Bank team gave a very informative presentation on the benefits of opening a savings account and what fun promotions they will be carrying out throughout the year.

The Build a Bank team is made up of Jack Walsh (Bank Manager), Kevin Kennedy-Murphy (Chief Operating Officer), Conor McCarthy (Financial Controller), Mike Murphy (Marketing Manager), Andy O’Donnell (Public Relations Officer) and Liam Coughlan (Customer Care Officer). Their Bank is called ‘The Combustion Bank’, which is a car theme.

They are going to host talks on road safety, Driver Theory Test and environmental benefits of using Hybrid cars. Both Kieran Joyce and Michael Walsh (who are both AIB staff) then took part in a Q&A session. All students participated and numerous autographs were given out.

In Colaiste Pobail Osraí, the challenge was launched on November 24. The Build a Bank team consists of Noah Snyder (Bank Manager), Cathal Mac Aodhbhui (Chief Operating Officer), Ewan McLoughlin (Financial Controller), Donal O’Laoghaire (Marketing Manager), Tomas O’Malley (Community Outreach Officer) & Frankie Keoghan (Customer Care Officer).
The Team have created a bank called ‘Marble City Bank’. It will concentrate on helping both their school community and the wider Kilkenny Community.

They have struck a partnership with Teac Tom to raise funds for the charity, which provides free counselling and therapy to adults and children affected by suicide.

Rory Connellan from Teac Tom Launched the bank in the school and gave a very informative talk on the services they provide. He even carried out an experiment with a student outlining how talking to a friend would lighten a heavy load.

The Build a Bank team also plan on holding fundraising events throughout the year in order to help support Teac Tom – who help an estimated 150 people in Kilkenny every year.

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