The internet reacts to Bank of Ireland's ATM blunder

By Fiona Frawley

August 16, 2023 at 10:28am


One to sit proudly in the Irish history books, alongside the time we legalised yokes for 24 hours.

If you were out and about yesterday evening, you probably saw winding queues outside your local Bank of Ireland ATM, with fraught Gardaí attempting to intercept withdrawals.

The rush to the country's cash points was the result of a technical issue at Bank of Ireland, which allowed some of their customers to withdraw funds above their usual limits. Customers were reportedly able to withdraw funds of up to €1,000 despite having insufficient funds, although Bank of Ireland have insisted the daily withdrawal limit is €500.

BOI have stressed that any money withdrawn from an account with no funds in it will be treated as an unauthorised overdraft, but that hasn't stopped the memes, tweets and hot takes flowing as freely as the unsolicited cash. Here's a round up of some of our favourite reactions to the banking blunder:

Tiny Garda

Complete with Polly Pocket-sized new Garda uniform.


Bank of Bertie

Aul Bert definitely came out of hiding at the right time.

AIB supremacy

One time, a BAIB punched me in the face. It was awesome.



Fergie spotted queueing outside the Bank of Ireland ATM in Dundalk.

General scenes of carnage

We really do love to see it.


Breaking Bank

See TikTok for more Breaking Bad, Wolf of Wall Street and Gemma Collins memes. A treat for the senses.

Pure, unadulterated joy

We sincerely hope this lad booked his flights already.


RIP Fungie

You would have loved a free €1,000 from Bank of Ireland.


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