Cara Credit Union in Tralee has, in the past year alone, lent out over €40m to its 43,000 members. 

For Loan Officer Derry Fleming it is something to be proud of, but being a loan officer is just his day job, because Derry is a Youtube celebrity - with over 50 million views of his unforgettable "Bat Dad" video.  

Members recognise Derry as soon as they walk into the loan office.

These include Noranne, who is hoping he can help her get the perfect "Hollywood smile" by approving her loan application for dental work. 

Wanting to keep up "insta appearances" she won’t leave the office until she has bagged a selfie with Tralee's most recognisable face.  

Meanwhile, in Mullingar Latvian plasterer Igors has realised that after four years in the Midlands it is time to go home for a visit. A holiday loan will help him see his sick mother and spend some quality time with his family.

It is not just individuals the Credit Union are helping out. 

Castletown Geoghegan GAA club are applying for a staggering €100,000 euro to help them redevelop their facilities. Overall the project is costing €600,000 and the group's creative fundraising techniques are really opening Loan Officer Colette Dolan's eyes.