European Money Week 2019


European Money Week is an annual initiative promoting financial education across Europe. The week is organised by national banking associations across Europe, including Banking & Payments Federation Ireland, under the coordination of the European Banking Federation.

European Money Week 2019 took place from 25-29 March and involved activities and young people from across more than 32 countries. Here in Ireland BPFI organised two main initiatives for young people to get involved in, the European Money Quiz and an our annual Chief Economist Masterclass Webinar. .


Daniel Olusegun and Darragh McGourty of Firhouse Community College, Dublin who represented Ireland in the finals of the European Money Quiz

Tallaght students Daniel Olusegun and Darragh McGourty represented Ireland in the recent finals of the European Money Quiz, a European-wide financial education competition in which more than 100,000 secondary students across Europe competed. The first-year business studies students from Firhouse Community College, Dublin 24 participated in the live finals in Brussels hosted by the European Banking Federation (EBF) and featuring teams from 28 different countries across Europe.

The European Money Quiz is a European-wide competition which aims to promote financial literacy among students aged between 13-15 year olds. Designed by national banking associations across Europe, including BPFI, it is coordinated by the EBF.

In March, BPFI hosted the Irish heats of the quiz when hundreds of students in classrooms across Ireland played the quiz simultaneously in an innovative real time Kahoot! Webcast on YouTube. Students, in teams of two, had to answer a range of financial education related questions with the winner being the team to answer the most correct questions in the fastest time. With Darragh and Daniel taking top spot, prizes were also awarded to the first and second runners up who were as follows:

  • Ciarmhac O’Fionnagain & Michael McGovern, O’Carolan College, Nobber, Co Meath
  • Patrick McWalter & Aoife Sharkey, St Colmcilles Community School, Knocklyon, Dublin 16:

While this years quiz is now over, you can still put your financial education skills to the test by clicking here for a selection of practice quizzes. 


Fifth year student Cliodhna Whelan, St Joseph of Cluny Secondary School, Killiney, Co. Dublin is joined by (L to R) John Fahey, Senior Economist, AIB, Ali Ugur, Chief Economist, BPFI, Loretta O’Sullivan, Group Chief Ecomomist, Bank of Ireland, Austin Hughes, Chief Economist, KBC Bank Ireland and Simon Barry, Chief Economist, Ulster Bank at BPFI’s Chief Economist Webinar

BPFI have brought together the chief economists from Ireland’s leading retail banks to deliver a live Economist Masterclass Webinar for 5th and 6th year business and economics classes.

The event, which was streamed live saw the economists from AIB, Bank of Ireland, KBC Bank Ireland and Ulster Bank each give a presentation on the top economics issues of the day. This was followed by a Q&A session with questions from the live student audience as well as questions from those watching on the live stream. To watch the event back click here