Originally Posted by aaronsharkey
I recently got a bank of Ireland debit card... But when I go to buy anything I can't I tried to buy a game and it wouldn't take the card
This is pretty common when you first get a new card with a new bank.
Usually the card will work fine in shops, but when you first buy something online the bank might flag it as unusual activity and hold any charges.
Usually, they ring you if there is an issue, but if your phone was off or you missed the call, no harm calling BoI and finding out why the card isn't working. If there is a block, they'll just verify that you were using it online etc and once OKed, you're good to go
It might happen a few more times if you use your card outside Ireland or suddenly buy something of high value - a quick call to the bank usually sorts it