About Us

The first credit union in Ireland was formed in the late 1950s.


In 1969, Fr William O’Mahoney and twelve others founded Portlaoise Credit Union.


Initially, Portlaoise Credit Union operated from Gowings Shop on Main Street. A few years later, it moved to an office in Odlums Mills and then purchased its own office on the New Road. Today, our main office is now located on James Fintan Lalor Avenue, Portlaoise.


In September 2015, Portlaoise Credit Union and Abbeyleix Credit Union joined forces and merged. The joining of the two credit unions resulted in a name change, and we are now known as People First Credit Union.


More changes were to come when we merged with Athy Credit Union in January 2017.


People First Credit Union now operates from four branches. We are located in Abbeyleix , Athy, Portlaoise and Stradbally. We have 44 staff members and almost 39,000 members.


We stand out from the rest. We are the leaders not the followers when it comes to financial services , as your Credit Union we strive to make you our number one priority.

  • Not for profit organisation
  • Owned by our members
  • Together we make our Credit Union stronger

Meet our Board Members:

People First Credit Union is controlled and directed by a voluntary Board of Directors. The Board is elected by the Members of the Credit Union at the Annual General Meeting, which is typically held every December.

The Board is comprised of eleven members of different backgrounds and ages who share an enthusiasm for Credit Union, some skills that are of use to the Board and a willingness to spend a few hours every week to discharge their duties.


The 2018 Board of Directors are as follows:


Kieran Brosnan (Chair)
Frank Cronin (Vice Chair)
Clive Davis (Secretary)
Frank Delaney
Mary Carmody
Billy Fitzpatrick
Des Mulhall
Caroline Buggy
Sarah Brophy
John Dowling
Caitriona Murphy


At the Annual General Meeting, the Members also elect an independent Board Oversight Committee whose role is to carry out checks to ensure that the Board is operating properly and that the interests of the members are protected. The current Board Oversight Committee members are :


John Meehan (Secretary)
Brendan O’Sullivan
Erica Kelly

Become a Volunteer:

Have you ever considered making a difference in your Credit Union and becoming a volunteer? We are looking to form a panel of volunteers from the members of the Credit Union, if you feel like you have what it takes we would love to hear from you! If you are interested in contributing to your community by volunteering in your local credit union, please contact  for more information. All volunteers are subject to the normal fitness and probity regimes for credit unions as outlined by the Central Bank of Ireland.