Realex Payments launches Realex Fire, a new personal payment account to transfrom the way people and business are paid

DUBLIN | With an ambition to transform the way people and businesses are paid, Realex takes a major step and brings its Realex Fire personal account out of beta in the Republic of Ireland.


Realex Financial Services Limited, regulated by the Central Bank of Ireland and a wholly owned subsidiary of Realex Payments has taken its Realex Fire personal account out of beta. With a mission to address some fundamental problems in the payments industry and to transform the way people and businesses pay and get paid, the company has been working on the product for several years.


Realex Fire is a new style of bank account, enabling users to lodge and withdraw funds, create a circle of people to pay, send and receive payments, operate multiple accounts and get notifications on Facebook. At a time when traditional banks are re-introducing transaction fees, the Realex Fire personal account is free of transaction charges.


The Realex Fire personal account is like a bank account and more:

  • Opening an account is completed online at and users can transfer funds from other bank accounts. Once the first account is opened, more accounts can be added allowing better management of personal finances.
  • Using email addresses or mobile numbers, users can invite people to their “circle” – the people they pay.
  • Users may also view the people who pay them and request payments for specific amounts.
  • All Realex Fire payments are processed in real time, with no transaction fees for personal users.
  • By linking a Facebook profile to the account, users can receive private notifications when they get paid or receive a payment request.
  • A mobile app, giving users access anytime and place is currently being beta tested and will be available shortly.

Speaking on the announcement, Realex Fire Founder and CEO, Colm Lyon said “it’s time for change, real change, in the way people and businesses pay and are paid. We want to fundamentally transform the payments landscape and make payments safer, more accessible, social and less expensive to process. That is our mission. This is a significant milestone for us and marks a fundamental change in the payments landscape; as a regulated entity we have joined the banking networks so we can create the most complete and compelling payments products”.


“We are delighted to have reached this milestone and phenomenally excited about our future plans. In many ways, what we see today is the base upon which we will build the payment applications of the future”, Colm concluded.


The company aims to make payments more social, safe, accessible, mobile and less expensive than current payment methods. To achieve this, Realex Financial Services secured a licence under the Payment Services Directive in 2010 and has since joined the Irish and Single Euro Payments Area (SEPA) clearing systems or banking networks. It is one of the first (Payments Institutions) non-banks to join such networks.

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About Realex Financial Services Limited (Regulated by the Central Bank of Ireland)

Realex Fire - Colm Lyon Realex Fire - Mobile App


Realex Fire is developed and operated by Realex Financial Services Limited - regulated by the Central Bank of Ireland. The business is registered as a limited company in Ireland and operated under the name of Carapay Limited from 2009 until July 2013, at which time the name was changed to Realex Financial Services Limited. It is licenced, since 2010 as a “Payments Institution” under the Payment Services Directive, a European wide programme to create a harmonised legal framework for payment processing.

Realex Financial Services Limited has its registered office at The Observatory, 7-11 Sir John Rogerson\\\'s Quay, Dublin 2, Ireland, and its company number is 464819. Realex Financial Services Limited is a subsidiary of Realex Payments (Pay and Shop Limited) and was founded by Colm Lyon in 2009.


About Realex Payments

Realex Payments processes payments in excess of €20 billion per annum for over 12,000 online retailers, including some of the world’s leading brands – Vodafone, Aer Lingus, Virgin Atlantic, Paddy Power, Chain Reaction Cycles, AA, 32Red, to name a few. Realex Payments employs 160 people, has clients in 30 countries and offices in Dublin, London and Paris. In addition to having thousands of small, medium and large corporate clients, the business has also developed strategic partnerships with some leading international payment companies such as Global Payments (formerly HSBC Merchants Services) for whom it provides a fully white labelled managed service.

Further Information & Contact:

Tracy Glynn, Head of Corporate Marketing Tel: + 353 (0)1 7022 000 Email:


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