Drift back, if you will, to this time of year in, say, 2005… You are working in mortgages at the B of I and the future is rosy: share prices are rocketing, interest rates are minuscule, bonuses are bulging and the first of your three fully comped Christmas parties is about to roll in. Your only complaint is a bit of the old carpal tunnel syndrome from scribbling ‘yes’ so many times… Yes, those were the days, but judging from the extravaganza put on by the Transition Year Build-A-Bank Team, those heady days may soon be returning! The professionals from Bank of Ireland were around to provide shrewd advice and to assure due diligence but the show was all the boys’ alone, as Oisin Dowling, Harry Mansfield, Alex Murphy and Simon Pettitt implemented their Monopoly Bank concept with consummate skill and a good bit of panache. The competitions and freebies drew the youngsters in and, like with many a mortgage-taker in days gone by, when the smoke had cleared and the confetti had settled, the signatures were somehow on the bottom line! Seriously, a generous bonus was provided by the B of I for openers of student accounts and it was a win-win situation: the TY boys gained valuable business experience and the general student body got a whiff of the financial sector’s profits while still learning the value of saving and austerity.