11 reasons to win a trip away with KBC


We're offerering you the chance to win an overnight stay for two to one of 11 locations in Ireland.

We’ve been pretty busy in KBC over the past two years, setting up 11 new Hubs in locations all over Ireland. Our most recent Hubs were opened in Naas and Kilkenny, following openings in Maynooth, Dundrum, Stillorgan, Swords and Grand Canal. These all joined our original Hubs in Cork, Limerick, Galway and Baggot Street in Dublin.

What’s the difference between a Hub and a bank branch? Well, a Hub certainly doesn’t look like a bank. Or act like a bank. Our Hubs have been designed as modern, cosy spaces where our customers can relax and have a chat about their finances with one of our personal finance specialists.

But each Hub does offer the products and services a retail bank should - from current and savings accounts to a suite of savings and investments, insurance products, credit card, personal loan, mobile app and mortgage offers. 

We also discovered some pretty interesting things and cool facts about each of our 11 Hub locations along the way. Why not find out for yourself by dropping into your nearest KBC Hub for a relaxed chat and a coffee and find out more about our great products and services?

Instead of sending our customers a ‘Wish you were here’ postcard, we decided to offer you the chance to win a weekend stay for two to one of these 11 locations in Ireland. All you need to do is learn one cool fact about each place, then answer the question at the end of this piece.

1. Kilkenny
Walt Disney’s great grandfather is from Gowran in Kilkenny.
2.  Baggot Street
The famous painter Francis Bacon was born on Baggot Street.
3. Stillorgan
This was the location of the first purpose-built shopping centre ever to be opened in Ireland in 1966.
4. Maynooth
The 17th century University of Maynooth is home to the oldest native tree in Ireland and the original Intel chip.
5. Dundrum
One of Dublin’s most panoramic views can be accessed from Deerpark (5 minutes from Dundrum centre). This makes the park the perfect vantage point for the Aurora Borealis when it is visible from the East coast.
6. Cork
Cork has two big similarities to Sydney in Australia. The Cork Opera House is the only purpose-built opera house in Ireland, and Cork harbour is the second largest in the world, second only to Sydney harbour.
7. Limerick
The Frank McCourt museum in the centre of Limerick allows people to step into his famous novel Angela’s Ashes.
8. Galway
Galway is the fastest growing city in Europe and is labelled the cultural heart of Ireland.
9. Naas
Naas can be translated to ‘the place of assembly of the kings’ and was once the seat of the high kings of Leinster.
10. Swords
The newly renovated Swords Castle and grounds was one of the film location for the TV series The Tudors in 2010.
11. Grand Canal
The Grand Canal area has been dubbed Silicon Docks in reference to Silicon Valley, as it is the base for big tech companies such as Google, Facebook and Twitter.
How to enter the competition
So, now for the all-important question: Where is Walt Disney’s great grandfather from in Ireland? 
For your chance to win, simply send us an email with the heading ‘KBC Hubs Competition’ and your full name, address and mobile phone number to marketing@kbc.ie by 29th May 2015.
And don’t forget to let us know which ‘Home of a Hub’ location you would like to visit!
Terms and Conditions:

  1. This competition will run from 6th May 2015 to 29th May 2015. The winner will be contacted by 2nd June 2015.
  2. The competition is open to anyone who has a KBC account.
  3. The prize is a 2 night break in Ireland to the value of €300.
  4. The prize applies only to people aged 18 years and over.
  5. Only one entry per person is permitted.
  6. In order to qualify to enter the competition, the entrant must answer the supplied question by email by 29th May 2015.
  7. In order to enter the competition, please answer the question provided.
  8. Any person entering this competition will be deemed to have accepted these terms and conditions.
  9. Any entry not in strict accordance with these terms and conditions will be deemed invalid.
  10. The prize is as stated in Clause 3 of the terms and conditions above. The prize is not ‘transferable’ and ‘not exchangeable’.
  11. The winning entrant will be selected at random by a KBC Bank Ireland plc staff member from all valid entries to the competition received by close of business on the closing date.
  12. The winner will be notified by email or phone.
  13. The decision of KBC Bank Ireland plc will be final and binding of all entrants. KBC Bank Ireland plc. will not enter into any correspondence in this regard.
  14. This competition is not open to directors, management, employees or appointed intermediaries of KBC Bank Ireland plc and their agents or to any other person connected with this competition.
  15. KBC Bank Ireland plc reserves the right to amend, modify, cancel, withdraw or change the competition at any time without notice.
  16. KBC Bank Ireland plc reserves the right to verify the validity of entrants, and to disqualify any entrant who does not act in accordance with the Terms and Conditions of this competition.
  17. KBC Bank Ireland plc accepts no responsibility for failure or delay in postal or courier systems or the winner’s failure to take delivery of a prize.
  18. The winning entrant grants KBC Bank Ireland plc permission to publish his/her name for advertising and promotional purposes without additional notification or consent being required.
  19. KBC Bank Ireland plc are excluded from liability for any loss, damage or injury which might occur to the prize winner and any individual arising from his or her acceptance of the prize.
  20. The prize does not include any contractual arrangements, and all contracts and costs are the ongoing responsibility of the prize winner.
  21. The prize will be subject to any additional terms and conditions of the Prize Administrator.
  22. The promoter is KBC Bank Ireland plc, registered in Ireland. Registered No. 40537. Registered office in Sandwith Street, Dublin 2.
  23. KBC Bank Ireland plc is regulated by the Central Bank of Ireland.