ONE of the country's oldest bank buildings is to close. Bank of Ireland has confirmed that its branch at 94 O'Connell Street in Limerick city -- which has been open since 1827 -- is moving accounts to a nearby branch.
The bank, along with another branch at St Patrick's Bridge in Cork, will close its doors in February.
The Limerick building survived the Famine, the War of Independence and subsequent Civil War.
However, it will close its doors to the public for the last time in three months' time as Bank of Ireland moves to saves costs by shutting a number of small branches around the country.
Ger Imbusch, a supervisor with Limerick Civic Trust, said: "It is a shame to see such an architectural gem closing. It's a place that generations of Limerick families would know very well."
The branch will be merged with 125 O'Connell Street in Limerick, while the bank's customer accounts at St Patrick's Bridge in Cork will be moved to a branch at Patrick Street. That branch was opened in 1924.
A Bank of Ireland spokesperson said the buildings would be retained for their business but would no longer be open to the public.