Thursday 23 November 2017

David Robbins: Mum was in awe of AIB, but dad was proved right

My mother swore by Allied Irish Banks. Occasionally, she swore at them too, but mostly she held them in the same bracket of esteem as the other pillars of her belief system: Gay Byrne, Pope Pius XXIII and Princess Grace of Monaco.

In the 1960s, banking was divided somewhat along religious lines, with AIB seen as the 'Catholic' bank and Bank of Ireland as the 'Protestant' one.

(Indeed, the religious divide seemed to continue long after my parents' time, with Anglo-Irish's Seán FitzPatrick's now famous outburst that "no f***king Protestant" was going to take over his bank).

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