By Michelle Crean

Bank of Ireland has today (Monday) said it plans to temporarily close 101 branches from tomorrow, while 161 will remain open – including its Killarney branch.

The bank took the decision as it has experienced a reduction in footfall in recent weeks in its branches.

The banks will continue to provide external ATM cash withdrawal services and normal opening hours will continue in the branches that are open.

“Due to the evolving situation we’re making the changes (March 24th) to our branch network to focus on high demand services and locations during COVID-19, the impact on Kerry will be that two locations will temporarily close, these are Killorglin and Castleisland,” Hugh Gleeson,
South Kerry Manager with Bank of Ireland, told the Killarney Advertiser today.

“We ask all customers affected to please use Killarney, Tralee and Listowel branches where appropriate. These changes refocus our branch network to our larger locations, which will help us support social distancing. This is extremely important for our customers and colleagues, whose safety and well-being is our top priority.”

Open branches will continue the provision of priority service for our over 65s and carers – 10am to 11am Monday to Friday, he added.