Who are we?
First South Credit Union is the new name for Ballyphehane Credit Union.
In December 2015 Ballyphehane Credit Union amalgamated with St. Finbarr’s South Credit Union. In August 2016 Kinsale & District Credit Union became part of the First South Credit Union community. Serving a membership of over 27,000 the common bond of First South Credit Union stretches from Cork City Centre to the Old Head of Kinsale including individuals living or working or studying in the parishes of: – St Finbarrs South Parish, Ballyphehane, Ballinhassig, Kinsale, Courceys, Tracton Abbey and Killbrittan.
First South Credit Union has nearly 60 years of providing local financial community services. Throughout this time we have proudly served our community.
Members of the combined entity voted to change the name of the Credit Union to First South Credit Union Ltd. First South Credit Union still holds the same values and traditions we always had. In short, we have a new name but the same values! In fact, the name ‘First South’ celebrates our rich history – did you know that Ballyphehane Credit Union was the first credit union to open south of Dublin? That’s where we got our name – ‘First South’.
We have three offices located in : Ballyphehane on Lower Friars Walk, on 24/25 South Mall Cork City and Market Street Kinsale. Members can carry out all transactions including applying for a loan in any of our three offices.
What do we do?
First South Credit Union is a community based co-operative Credit Union that provides first rate financial services to the people of our community. Over 27,000 members rely on us for financial services. We provide many facilities to our members including savings, low loan rates, direct debits, online facilities and even a mobile app!
First South Credit Union is at the forefront of the Credit Union movement and we pride ourselves on updating our products and services regularly. In past few years we have introduced new loan products like our Smart Option Loan along with our First Time Borrowers Loan, and new services such as our mobile app. We continue to provide savings facilities, loan services, bill payments, online access, electronic transfer of funds, direct debits and standing orders.
How are we different to a bank?
First and foremost the biggest difference is you – our member! You are not a customer, you are a member of the Credit Union. That means you are a part owner of our Credit Union. Each member has an equal vote at our AGM and reaps the benefits of our success by way of dividends and improving services.
Our Credit Union is member focused and offers an efficient, professional and personalised service. Even though you can use our services remotely (CU Online or CU Anywhere) our helpful and friendly staff are always happy to deal with your financial needs in person.