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We are doing everything possible to support community organisations in coming to terms with the unprecedented challenges now faced by all.

We want to assure you, that we are behind you and will help and support in any way we can.

To all our clients:

  • Your local client executive continues to be available to you.
  • Flexibility and Fairness is our customer experience. This remains. Our team are working remotely, in line with public policy. 
  • Collaboration with our capital providers continues and we are working, with them, right across the island of Ireland, in the best interests of the sector.

To the Sector in general:

  • We have always understood the importance of collaboration.
  • We remain open to listening to you and your ideas.
  • We remain committed to supporting communities and those who need our assistance.

Please ensure you keep yourself updated with the relevant expertise.

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Sean Mullen Director of the Social Enterprise , Third Space Cafe Smithfield Dublin

Hear from our customers and the sectors we work with

Working with Sean Mullen and his team has helped us understand the ambitions and challenges that face Social Enterprises in Ireland. This community cafe really does ensure that profits and social impact are not mutually exclusive. They serve the best scrambled eggs and are a hive of community activity for all the locals living and working in the Smithfield Area of Dublin.


Our team at Community Finance Ireland are a charity who provide loans exclusively to the third sector. We work daily with sports clubs, community groups, charities and social enterprises right across the country. We continue to reach out to those working and volunteering. Over 500 organisations have worked with us and benefitted from the just over €90 million lent to date.


In 2007 we received accreditation from the Social Finance Foundation, Dublin. This enables us access a multi-million fund for investment throughout Ireland.

As a registered charity, all profits generated by Community Finance (Ireland) are retained and recycled for reinvestment into the third sector.




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Community Finance (Ireland) provided Oxfield Sports Centre, County Sligo, with a loan to carry out urgent improvements to ensure the facility’s continued operation


Who do we lend to?

We lend exclusively to Community organisations, charities and social enterprises, both large and small, throughout the island of Ireland. Our borrowers include Faith-based Initiatives, Sports Clubs, Training Initiatives, Childcare Schemes, Housing Associations, Community Transport Schemes, Rural Development Projects and many more…

Finance is available for: buildings and equipment, working capital, cash shortfalls, bridging finance against delayed grants or other confirmed income, and restructuring of debt.

Interest Rates - Community Finance (Ireland) Interest rates are competitive and depend on the individual circumstances of each borrower.

Repayment Term - Community Finance (Ireland) provides both long-term loans and short-term bridging finance. Loan terms are tailored to suit each borrower.

No penalties - Community Finance (Ireland) does not penalise against early repayment of loans

If you would like a chat about whether a loan is the right option for your organisation, our lending team can provide advice and know how gained from many years of involvement within the sector. The lending team can be contacted on Tel: 041 6858637.

As a registered charity, all profits generated by Community Finance (Ireland) are retained and recycled for reinvestment into the third sector.

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Applying for a loan

Our lending team welcome the opportunity to discuss the suitability of loan finance for your project and to answer any questions you might have. The lending team can be contacted on Tel: 041 6858637.

The Community Finance (Ireland) lending process is simple and straightforward:

If your project appears suitable for loan finance, we will ask you to fill in a short application form.

Once we receive your completed application, a member of our lending team will contact you to arrange a meeting in order to further develop your proposal.

Upon completion, your business proposal will be submitted to Community Finance (Ireland)'s Lending and Investment Committee for approval.

Click on the link below to download the loan application form.

Complete the form and then print it out, sign, date and return it to Community Finance (Ireland).

Alternatively, call or email us and we will be happy to send you a loan application form and guidelines.

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€20 million
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Community Finance (Ireland) provided Thomastown Town of Food with a loan to facilitate the drawdown of a Rural Development Programme grant

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Community Finance (Ireland) loan finance has supported job creation, community engagement and economic development in many towns and villages in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.

Explore our Impact Map to find out more about the projects we have funded.


Hillside Evangelical Church, Co Wicklow


"On behalf of everyone here at Hillside, I wanted to express our thanks for your support to allow us to purchase the property at 20 Redford Park in Greystones, Dublin.


The Pastor and his family moved in yesterday so they can finally unpack and settle in after waiting patiently through the last five months when they had to move from place to place in various temporary accommodation.


We really appreciated Community Finance Ireland's professional and straightforward approach which allowed this initiative to proceed.  


Without your support we would have had to invest significant scarce resources on rent over the next years."


(Kevin Barrett, Hillside Evangelical Church)


Cloughjordan Community Farm, Co Tipperary

We are a small Community Supported Agriculture Farm in North County Tipperary pioneering a sustainable farming model which we advocate should be replicated throughout Ireland to meet the challenges of Climate change. We focus on producing organic standard, highly nutritious vegetables, herbs, salads and fruit in a sustainable and ethical way for our local community, without the use of chemicals or hormones and with respect and care for nature.  We pioneer cutting edge growing techniques to adapt to the demands of unpredictable seasonal conditions due to climate change.

From the get-go, we found CFI warm, approachable, supportive and genuinely interested in our project. We gave client relationship executive Rose Hally a tour of our Community Farm at her own request and there was the sense of an eagerness to support such an innovative community project, if possible. Rose was clearly interested in our ethical and bio intensive approach to food production and in our sustainability ethos which focuses on improving soil health and enhancing biodiversity, and she asked some insightful questions about our general approach and how we saw ourselves operating into the future.

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Whilst we knew that nothing could be guaranteed until all legal and fiscal requirements were met, we were given the strong sense that what we were trying to achieve was special and worthwhile- a very unusual feeling when dealing with a financial lending institution(!) where often there can be confusion and suspicion if you don’t fit into a standard, box ticking mould.

The overall feeling we got from the process was: let us help you to make this effective and useful local project work. That is a unique feature of CFI and I have never come across it before in dealings with any other financial institutions. There is a warmth and a personal touch which is priceless.

Most importantly, the fixed term loan we received from CFI has enabled us to finally buy much needed basic equipment such as secure, rodent proof vegetable storage, the installation of an irrigation system, a two wheeled tractor to mimimise impact upon the soil when tilling,  and has also, crucially,  given us some financial ‘breathing space’ to enable us to expand into Community Supported Agriculture education and awareness raising.

We have also been given the confidence to stack other small local livelihoods onto our business model: thanks to the backing of CFI, we now have an oyster mushroom grower and a small organic egg business on our Farm, run by member of our Farm Board, and we are hoping to encourage more small local food businesses to grow alongside us and so enhance our Farm’s economic viability.


Developing diverse income streams from these additional businesses both broadens our local, high quality food production model, shoring up our local food  resilience - and it also strengthens our local economy, creating more local jobs.

We thank CFI sincerely for having faith in us at a crucial juncture in our Community Farm’s development, and their solid backing has made a significant difference to our ongoing viability into the future.

C&S Prince of Peace

Our Faith Fund has a new and happy customer with C&S Prince of Peace:

I would like to thank you for your help and swift correspondences from the first phone conversation with your office. The process of acquiring our new place of worship was a long but at the very end a positive outcome due to your show of professionalism and non bias communication and trust. Our organization is now part of the wider Community Finance Ireland family and we look to maintain a trustworthy and non-defaulting relations henceforth.

(Victoria Samuel, C&S Prince of Peace)

Grow It Yourself

“Social enterprises like GIY can find it difficult to access loan financing, with traditional lenders often struggling to understand a business model that considers income and impact to be of equal importance. We had an excellent engagement with the Community Finance Ireland team who took the time to really understand what makes our business tick and had insightful contributions to make at all stages. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend CFI to other social enterprises and not-for-profits.” (Michael Kelly, CEO & Founder, GIY)

Tourmakeady GAA Club

Tourmakeady GAA Club in the Mayo Gaeltacht caters for over 500 members.  The club's principal activity is the promotion of Gaelic games (men's and women's teams) and additionally there are various other cultural and social activites.

Tourmakeady GAA are currently emarking on an ambitious project to develop a second football pitch, refurbish their existing club house, and construct a community sports centre incorporating a full size sports hall, gymnasium, changing rooms, youth room, and ball skills wall. The local community has raised substantial funding and with the help of grant aid and a loan from Community Finance (Ireland) they expect to complete the project, by June 2017.  Tourmakeady GAA are hosting the national finals of Cόmortas Peile na Gaeltachta

"We could not have taken on this project without the backing of Community Finance (Ireland).  They guided us through the process, bore with us as we sorted out some unresolved legacy issuses, and most of all they placed trust in us. We recommend them highly to any other sports club or voluntary organisation embarking on a capital development project." (Mr Michael Lang, Secretary, Tourmakeady GAA Club.)

Illies Golden Gloves Boxing Club

Illies Golden Gloves is a community based boxing club, who is a non-profit group providing a service to the local community and catchment areas. Illies Golden Gloves foster a culture and an enivornment that encourages participation, identifies talent and support all within the boxing family to reach their full potential.

A loan from Community Finance (Ireland) has enabled them carry out works to make the permises fit for purpose as an amateur boxing club.

The club is open 5 days a week and on alternative Sundays, host squad training for teams preparing for competitions.

Since it was formed in 1998 the club has had major success and the commitee are committed to the continued development of the club.  To date the achievements are: 152 County titles, 67 Ulster titles, 39 National titles, 2 European Elite Bronze, 1 World Youth Bronze.

"On behalf of the club, I sincerely wish to thank Community Finance (Ireland) for all their assistance in getting us where we are today. Thank you." (Sadie Duffy, Secretary, Illies Golden Gloves Boxing Club.)

Philipstown Centre CLG

The St Kevin's Community Centre opened in late August 2014 with the aim of providing facilities to meet the social, recreational, educational, sport and leisure needs of the local community and wider mid Louth area. The centre provides the following facilities; a sports hall which has a large stage for performances, a large community/games room, a meeting room, two dressing rooms with showers and a kitchen.  

St. Kevins Community Centre in conjuction with Louth Meath Education Training Board (formerly VEC) provided classes in internet and email free of charge to participants. The Centre has also hosted some excellent social events which have been remarkably well received and supported by the entire community.

'We would strongly recommend Community Finance (Ireland) to any community or voluntary group that requires external financing.  The funding process is by necessity not a simple one, however it certainly is made as simple as possible by the Community Finance (Ireland) team who really understand the needs of such groups.  Community Finance (Ireland) provides an extremely valuable service, particularly when other avenues for groups such as ours to access finance are limited." (Michael Burke, Secretary, Philipstown Centre CLG).

Ballyhea GAA Club

Ballyhea GAA Club was founded in 1884, the same year as the GAA itself.  They serve the parish of Ballyhea in North Cork.  During its time the club has won County Finals in Senior, Intermediate and Junior and Juvenile levels. Ballyhea GAA encourage values of tolerance, self-discipline, team spirit and strength of characters that are practiced and promoted in their club. They offer a valuable service to their local community.

Emigration, the Great War, plus the Civil War had a major effect on the club.  From 1914 to 1926 there was no Ballyhea team competing.  In 1931 Ballyhea defeated Bandon to win the County Intermediate Title.

In 1958 Ballyhea  acquired its permanent home in Castleharrison.

In recent years a Camoige Club has been set up and won two County Titles.

A loan from Community Finance (Ireland) has helped towards the construction of a clubhouse, to include changing rooms and internal ball alleys.

Drogheda Town FC

Drogheda Town FC was founded in 1969 as Mosney Celtic with two founder members remaining as Honorary Presidents.  In 1984 the club moved to Marian Park and was renamed as Drogheda Celtic.  In 2001 the club was formed from the amalgamation of Drogheda Celtic and West End forming Drogheda Town FC.  

In 2006 a juvenile section was started and they now have 2 senior teams and 10 juvenile teams. Age groups 8 to 13 year olds play in the Drogheda and District League and 15 to 18 year olds play in the NDSL.

The clubhouse provides excellent facilites and social activities and is used by all local community groups. 

"Drogheda Town FC are appreciative of the loan that Community Finance (Ireland) funded which has enabled the Marian Park clubhouse to be built to a high energy efficient specfication.  We are proud to say that the clubhouse is for everyone and caters for kindergarden to senior players and has provided local employment. These excellent facilities are a help to the greater community at large." (Mick Toner, Chairman, Drogheda Town FC). 

Cavan County Enterprise Fund

Cavan County Enterprise Fund (CCEF) was established in 1988 with financial support from The International Fund for Ireland (IFI). They offer eligible enterprises, flexible loan finance to new and expanding small business, usually in the manufacturing, tradable services and tourism sectors. 

The objectives for which the company was formed include :

To give effect to or to further the aims and objectives of The International Fund for Ireland by creating a revolving business enterprise fund.  

To become involved in, assist, contribute towards or manage any small industry or community based economic project or any workspace project or any programme created or organised under the auspices of The International Fund for Ireland. 

A loan from Community Finance Ireland has enabled Cavan County Enterprise Fund to develop a high quality / high tech office space.

South East Food Trade Desk Cooperative Society Ltd t/a Irish Food Co-op

Community Finance (Ireland) provided South East Food Trade Desk Cooperative Society with a bridging loan so that they could restrospectively claim a grant from the Rural Development Programme.  The cooperative also availed of a short term working capital loan from Community Finance (Ireland) to assist in the early stages of business development.

Their products can be sourced from the following shops:

Swans on the Green, Treacys, Glasrai & Goodies, Delgany Store, Get Fresh and Fresh Ave, Bread & Butter, Glendalough, Lynams, Mr Green Foods, Thymeout, Keelings, Malones Fruit Farm Shop, Eurospar Kilkenny, Olivers Deli, Brooklodge, Hugh Boggans Wexford, McLeans Foodstore Tyrone, Kierans Deli Drogheda, Cullentra Farm Shop, Urban Coop Limerick, Nude Food Dungarvan, Mount Juliet Hotel, Miller & Cook, The Little Cheese Shop Dingle, Wilde & Green, Moores Butchers Rathdrum, Field & Vine, Kates Kitchen Sligo, Roy Foxes Deli Donnybrook and J.J. O'Driscoll Superstore Cork.

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Invested in Social Housing projects

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Community Finance Ireland welcomes new funding initiatives for community sector

New initiatives announced today by Social Finance Foundation

Community Finance Ireland, the fastest-growing social finance provider across Ireland and the UK, has welcomed the announcement today (18.05.20) by the Social Finance Foundation of new funding initiatives targeted at community organisations and social enterprises.
The Social Finance Foundation (SFF) is an independent organisation established by government in 2007. It provides loan funding to social organisations through lending partners including Community Finance Ireland. 
Today, SFF announced that:
1. Facilitated by Banking and Payments Federation Ireland, the Irish banks (AIB/EBS, Bank of Ireland, permanent tsb and Ulster Bank) will make available an additional €44 million in low-cost funding to SFF over the period 2021 to 2025; and
2. The European Investment Fund has agreed to provide loan guarantees totalling €25 million to support new lending by the Foundation. 
Access to capital “at a time when it is really needed”
Welcoming the announcement, Dónal Traynor, Associate Director of Community Finance Ireland, said: “These measures confirm access to capital for the community and social enterprise market for at least another five years, at a time when it is really needed. 
“With the fallout from the Covid-19 pandemic, we anticipate a reduction in grant funding to the community sector generally, so – in the coming years – social finance will play an increasingly vital role in supporting community organisations and social enterprises. At the same time, Covid-19 has starkly shown the importance of community solidarity, ‘social capital’ and sustainability within communities. The SFF measures announced today will help us continue our support to grassroots communities groups and, in turn, will help groups provide essential services in their local areas.
“We have been proud partners of SFF since our accreditation with them as a Social Lending Organisation in 2008. Right across the island of Ireland, Community Finance Ireland works with groups that drive social impact, including sports clubs, social housing organisations, community projects, faith-based groups, and social enterprises. 
“We can provide loans ranging from €30,000 to €500,000, and our finance products are specifically tailored for the community sector. We have waived arrangement fees to make loans as accessible and cost-effective as possible, we have a quick turnaround time for lending decisions, and – given the organisations we lend to are typically run by volunteers – we do not ask for personal guarantees. 
“Since the start of 2020, Community Finance Ireland has already approved loans of €3,900,000, supporting community organisations to acquire new premises and equipment, restructure current debt, and bridge financial gaps caused by delayed grants or other postponed income. The new SFF initiatives announced today will ensure we can continue this important work well into future years.”
Credibility of social finance sector
Mr. Traynor said the SFF initiatives – and the support for them from industry groups – demonstrate the credibility of the social finance sector, and will open up funding opportunities to a wider range of community groups. 
“This commitment from Banking and Payments Federation Ireland is a testament to the credibility of the social finance sector, and to the strong performance of our diverse loan portfolio over the past 12 years.”
He added: “There has been a default rate of just 0.25% on our loans since 2008, which is low by any standard and particularly when you consider that the majority of our loans are made available on an unsecured basis.  This is in no small part due to the strong relationship which we have developed with communities over time.
“Meanwhile, the loan guarantee from the European Investment Fund will allow Community Finance Ireland to consider those deals where, previously, social finance could not provide the funding due to the level of risk involved, and potentially where the absence of realisable security may have been the difference in making funds available.
“At a time when communities across Ireland have been sorely tested and when many community groups are feeling the strain, today’s SFF announcement is good and welcome news for our sector.”

Community Finance Ireland Receives An All Star Accreditation for Customer Excellence

We were delighted to hear we achieved a quality mark signifying we meet the highest standards of service and trust.

We were awarded the coveted All-Ireland Business All-Star accreditation at an event held in Croke Park earlier this month.


Pictured is Donal Traynor Associate Director Community Finance Ireland with Kapil Khann Managing Director All Ireland Business Foundation.

This is an independently verified standard mark for indigenous businesses, based on rigorous selection criteria.

The accreditation, overseen by the prestigious All-Ireland Business Foundation, whose adjudication panel is chaired by Dr Briga Hynes of the Kemmy Business School at the University of Limerick and Kieran Ring, CEO of the Global Institute of Logistics.

Dr Hynes said the accreditation, now held by over 350 firms, is needed by the thousands of small and medium businesses, which operate to their own standards, but have nothing to measure them by. “We evaluate a company’s background, trustworthiness and performance, and we speak to customers, employees and vendors,” she said.

“We also anonymously approach the company as a customer and report back on the experience.The business goes through at least two interviews and is scored on every part of the process against set metrics.”


The All-Ireland Business Foundation is responsible for overseeing the All-Ireland Business Summit and All-Star awards, ongoing All-Star accreditation, Thought Leader awards and promoting peer dialogue among members.

Donal Traynor on receiving the award says: 

“We are a people business. We are delighted that this recognition offers us a platform to reach more people and to continue to raise awareness of Community Finance Ireland. Thank you to the foundation for welcoming us to this professional group”.

For more information check out Community Finance Ireland's profile on the Business All Star Awards website.

Visit by the European Federation of Ethical and Alternative Banks

The European Federation of Ethical and Alternative Banks and Financiers (FEBEA) held a board meeting for the first time on the island of Ireland.

The federation, which represents 28 European social finance institutions with assets totaling €30bn, was invited by the Ulster Community Investment Trust (UCIT Group), its only UK and Irish member.


In addition to learning more about UCIT Group’s business model the FEBEA Board also visited a customer who received UCIT funding for a project in East Belfast.


FEBEA Chairman, Pedro Manuel Sasia Santos, said: 


"The island of Ireland has a  vibrant social enterprise sector and UCIT Group has an exceptionally strong community focus in areas such as sport and faith-based initiatives which many of our members are interested in replicating."


Pictured with Mr Santos are Wlodzimierz Grudzinski, FEBEA’s Vice Chairman and Harry McDaid, UCIT Group’s Chief Executive and Phelim Sharvin Director UCIT Group.


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South & Mid Leinster get designated Executive for a €100 million fund for Community Organisations

Barry Symes has taken up an Executive role with Community Finance (Ireland). 

Barry Symes has taken up an Executive role with Community Finance (Ireland). 

Barry Symes

Barry Symes, who is Gorey based is a former senior Ulster Bank Official with over 15 years’ senior management experience in banking and finance. Barry is hugely immersed in community and voluntary activity and has been active in the Gorey area with groups such as the local Courtown Golf Club, Gorey Rugby Club, Gorey Hockey Club and Leskinfere Community to name a few.

According to Barry Symes, “Community Finance (Ireland) continues to grow in order to meet the needs of the thousands of community and voluntary groups throughout Ireland who are seeking to raise finance for their worthy projects. Community Finance (Ireland) recently approved a number of new investments in South Leinster, including New Ross Community Hospital, South East Mountain Rescue Association, JFK Trust and Kilkenny based, South East Food Trade Desk. We are keen to build on this work and many other investments in Leinster and elsewhere over the coming years.”

Donal Traynor, Associate Director of Community Finance (Ireland) said, “It’s wonderful to have an experienced professional such as Barry Symes join the Community Finance (Ireland) team, because in addition to his career in banking and finance, he has been heavily involved in member owned, community based entities for decades.”

Media Coverage

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(S.E. Business Matters Saturday 11.3.17)


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Dónal Traynor

Associate Director
Impact Investing in Connacht, the Midland, and the Border Region

Dónal joined the UCIT Group in 2004 to develop and manage the Island’s first ever cross border Business Support programme for Community Enterprise. In 2008 he was responsible for delivering the Island’s premier Trade Show devoted exclusively to Social Enterprise (NetWORKS 2008). As Associate Director, Dónal is also a member of the UCIT Group Senior Management Team.

Since 2008, Donal has been responsible for developing Community Finance (Ireland) from a zero base, into one of the country’s leading Impact Investors, accessing a €100m credit line from the Social Finance Foundation, equipping the company with a highly skilled team, leading the way in terms of nimble investment decisions, being accepted as the first Irish member of FEBEA (the European Federation of Ethical Banks and Alternative Investors) and representing the group on various committees with a national remit, as well as facilitating the delivery of Ireland’s first Social Enterprise Toolkit.

Dónal holds Degree in Economics & Geography from UCD, a Graduate Diploma in Tourism and Business Studies from UL, an MBS in Co-operatives and Social Enterprise from UCC, together with a Professional Diploma in Financial Advice from the Institute of Bankers (QFA).

Rose Hally

Client Relationship Executive
Impact Investing in Munster

Rose brings to Community Finance (Ireland) some 20yrs+ experience in a senior management role within the financial sector. She has established an accomplished track record in leading teams to deliver & exceed business expectations by fostering engagement, develop potential, deliver profitability and support growth.

Rose has also given many years’ involvement in various not for profit organisations, where she has held senior roles, contributing effectively to the aims of each group, gaining a significant understanding of the Community & Voluntary sector during this time.

Specifically, Rose has garnered a detailed understanding of people and business dynamics through her many years’ experience of supporting SME's during various stages of business growth.

As well as having been heavily involved in numerous public and voluntary bodies, Rose is also a Member of the Institute of Bankers and a Qualified Financial Advisor.

Barry Symes

Client Relationship Executive
Impact Investing in South Leinster

Barry Symes joined Community Finance (Ireland) in January 2017 having spent most of his career with the Ulster Bank Group. For most of his 17 years with that Group, Barry was involved in relationship management in the business & commercial division of the Bank taking up his first management position back in 1999. He has worked in the Midlands, Dublin and South East and has vast experience in all sectors. He also lead a problem-debt management team and this all round experience gives Barry a unique insight as to how a financial model should be built around an organisation’s individual income.

In addition to his professional experience, Barry holds a Diploma in Financial Services and a Certificate in Agriculture.

Barry’s experience will add-value to any organisation’s project or financial need.

Terri Martin

Office Administrator

Terri has worked in the banking and financial services industry for over 10 years.  Her experience crosses over customer service, administration, account management and reconciliations. 

She brings that experience to Community Finance Ireland where she works with the team to oversee the day to day office administration.

She has a keen interest in sport, particularly GAA.  She manages a local GAA girls football team and is an avid supporter of her home club team and county.

Lita Notte

Group Marketing Manager

Lita is our Group Marketing Manager. She oversees our brand and marketing strategy plus helps tell our story across the full integrated marketing communication mix.

Previously Lita has worked with Aer Lingus, Guinness, SuperValu, Bank of Ireland, Ulster Bank and RBS Group.

Her first love is brand. Her second love is the creative process. With experience in both creative agencies and on client side, she is an advocate for great collaboration and bringing the best out in all team members.

She champions great work, consumer insight content and the ongoing improvement of the customer experience.

In addition, she is a prolific lover of social media, photography, design and continues to make travel plans based on artist’s exhibitions. She champions mental health awareness and international street art through collaborations both locally and internationally.

Lita loves play and walk time with her dog and all things French related.

She secured her marketing education in DIT and The Irish Marketing Institute. But her best education was working with people who were willing to share and teach on the job #grateful

You can reach her on Twitter @LitaNotte2, LinkedIn, Instagram or Pinterest.

Community Finance (Ireland) Directors

Alan Moneypenny Chair
Former Vice-Chair of Sport NI
Michael McGarrigle Vice-Chair
Secretary of Council for the West
Kevin Helferty
Director of Buncrana Credit Union Ltd
Jim Malone
Director/Founder Member of Ardee Community Development Company
Seamus O’Prey
Chief Executive of ORTUS Group
William Patterson
Director of Farset Development Ltd
Andrew Ward
Joint CEO Inishowen Development Partnership

UCIT Directors

Alan Moneypenny Chair
Chair of Finance and Audit committee, Riverside Theatre
Damian McAteer Vice-Chair
Director of Waterside Development Trust
Anthony Barbour
Board Member, NI Co-operative Forum
Erskine Holmes OBE
Elected member of NI Council Co-operative Group
Jim Malone
Director/Founder Member of Ardee Community Development Company
Ian McAvoy
Chair, Playboard
Michael McGarrigle Vice-Chair of Community Finance Ireland
Secretary of Council for the West
Douglas McIldoon
Secretary of NI Co-operative Forum
Audrey Murray MBE
Business Development Manager of LEDCOM
Seamus O’Prey
Chief Executive of ORTUS Group
William Patterson
Director of Farset Development Ltd
Martin Stroud
Board Member of Ulster Waterways

Membership of Ulster Community Investment Trust (UCIT) offers you the opportunity to be part of an exciting and progressive financial institution that is committed to breaking new ground in developing financial solutions for the social economy sector.

As an Industrial and Provident Society, UCIT offers membership by way of share acquisition with a minimum subscription of £250 Sterling (or the Euro equivalent).

A copy of our membership form can be found by clicking below

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