Our communities are those where we live and work - as well as other local and global groups; such as our partners, shareholders and regulators. We support the wider community through our charity and community initiatives, our contribution to arts and culture, and by playing an active role in society.
We encourage our colleagues to exercise good corporate citizenship by getting involved with local and national organisations focused on promoting the business, economic, social and cultural life of the communities we serve.
Throughout the year, we continued to work with our four flagship charity partners: Age Action, Irish Heart Foundation, Jack & Jill Children’s Foundation, and the Alzheimer’s Society in the UK. We made a tangible difference to their work in our communities, and our colleagues supported them through numerous initiatives throughout the year.
total community investment
Seamus Heaney: ‘Listen Now Again’ is a major exhibition celebrating the life and works of one of Ireland’s greatest writers. Ofcially launched by the President of Ireland, Michael D Higgins, it became the inaugural exhibition in the new Bank of Ireland Cultural and Heritage Centre in College Green in the summer of 2018. A partnership between the National Library of Ireland (NLI), the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, and Bank of Ireland, the exhibition focuses on the poetry for which Heaney is best known, and features original manuscripts, letters, unpublished works, diary entries, and photographs. It also includes personal objects, such as Heaney’s desk from the family’s home in Sandymount, a lamp that once belonged to WB Yeats, and a portrait by Louis le Brocquy.
Group CEO, Francesca McDonagh said, ‘Bank of Ireland has been part of the fabric of Irish life for over 200 years and I am delighted our College Green buildings will now house an exhibition on the life and work of Seamus Heaney - a poet and writer of such national and international standing’.
Head 2 Head Challenge
Raising vital funds for Jack & Jill
In September 2018, 56 colleagues from across the Group formed one single team to cycle ‘Head 2 Head’ for Jack & Jill, raising €130,000, enough for more than 8,000 nursing hours for Jack & Jill families. The peloton and their crew travelled through some of Ireland’s most picturesque but challenging locations, covering 700km over the six-day event – a great achievement, and memorable for all involved.
‘Being at Mizen Head to welcome in the Bank
of Ireland cyclists was quite overwhelming for
me and our Cork nurse Eilin. That physical and
emotional effort was matched by the fundraising
drive behind the Bank’s Head 2 Head cycle for
Jack & Jill, and I can guarantee that every €16
raised will be put to good use by funding one hour
of home nursing care for our community of 357
precious children across the country.’
Carmel Doyle, CEO,
Jack & Jill Children’s Foundation
nursing hours given to Jack & Jill families across Ireland