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21 August 2017
About Us

What is a Credit Union?

A Credit Union is a non-profit making financial co-operative owned and operated by its members, within a common bond. Its purpose is to help members with their day to day financial needs through regular savings and fair and affordable access to loans. Aims of a Credit Union:

  • The promotion of thrift among members by the accumulation of their savings
  • To provide loans for the benefit of members at a fair and reasonable rate of interest
  • The use and control of membersí savings for their mutual benefit

History of Credit Unions

The modern Credit Union movement traces its origins to Germany and to Friedrich Willhelm Raiffeisen, the Mayor of a small town in southern Germany, who in 1849 formed societies, which later evolved into Credit Unions. The purpose of these Credit Unions was to enable people to help themselves in relieving debt and poverty. The Credit Union Movement was introduced into Ireland in 1958 by Nora Herlihy with the support of a number of other dedicated pioneers.

A Brief History of Clonard Credit Union

Clonard Credit Union was established on 6th December 1964. The motivating force was Father Hugh McLaughlin of Clonard Monastery. The first Board meeting held in December 1964 consisted of Charles Daly (President), Patrick Cormican (Treasurer), Frank Gallagher (Secretary), Patrick Cluskey, Henry McDevitt, P. O‚€ôNeill, P. McCormick, P. McIlroy and Father Hugh McLaughlin. Early business was conducted in Waterville Hall and in 1965 moved to newly acquired premises on the corner of Kashmir Road and Clonard Gardens. In 1984 new purpose premises were opened by Father Hugh McLauglin. Membership has grown steadily over the years and continues to do so.

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Clonard Credit Union Ltd is Authorised by the Prudential Regulation Authority and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and the Prudential Regulation Authority.