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Nominees announced for largest Irish Accountancy Awards to date

The fourth Irish Accountancy Awards promise to be the largest yet; Dr. Laurence Crowley named as recipient of Outstanding Contribution to Accountancy Award

The Irish Accountancy Awards is celebrating its fourth annual awards ceremony with a record number of entries and attendees announced for May 16th.

The awards will also recognise Dr Laurence Crowley, former Governor of the Bank of Ireland, former Partner in KPMG Stokes Kennedy Crowley Chartered Accountant and a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland, who becomes the recipient of the inaugural Outstanding Contribution to Accountancy Award.

Dr Crowley will address the awards gathering in an acceptance speech which is set to be a highlight of the evening.

Since its launch in 2015, the awards have grown year-on-year, with this year’s 87 entries signifying a 40 per cent  increase on 2018. Attendance at the event has also increased with more than 400 people expected for the big night.

The awards have become renowned as the benchmark for those who are leading the way in the Irish accounting profession, with 16 categories to be decided by an expert panel of judges. This year’s awards has seen a particularly high level of entries for "Medium Practice of the Year" and "Advisory Team of the Year." Other standout categories include:

  • Practice of the Year
  • Finance Team of the Year
  • Finance Director of the Year
  • Accountant of the Year
  • Advisory Team of the Year

A quick perusal of the list of nominees demonstrates the broad range of accountancy practice types and industry sectors represented across the categories. Those shortlisted include:, KPMG Ireland, O'Connor Pyne & Co, Abbott Ireland, Paddy Power Betfair and Kerry Europe.

Oriel Lawton, a partner in O'Connor Pyne & Co, said that:  “We are thrilled to be shortlisted in four categories this year. We are delighted to gain recognition for our high-quality graduate programme which is a credit to our staff and management team. Our tax team is also deservedly recognised in being shortlisted in the Tax Team of the Year category. The awards are a fantastic opportunity to recognise accountants and firms for their achievements.”

Patrick Cooney, chief financial officer for Kerry’s Taste and Nutrition business in Europe said: "We’re very pleased to be shortlisted alongside other significant Irish based firms. It’s testament to the strategic leadership and partnership we provide our internal customers right across the European business that we’ve made this shortlist and a deserved recognition for the team.”

Anne Keogh, chief financial officer and chief operating officer at Pharmapod, leads an expert judging panel that includes industry leaders from not just the accounting sector but also closely related peer groups, such as the Dublin Chamber of Commerce.

Remarking on this year’s awards, Keogh said:

“Now in its fourth year, it is astonishing to see the standard of application we are receiving. Every year we are seeing an improvement in both the quality and the number of submissions. The candidates are really driving the standards of excellence for these awards.”

Full judging panel:

  • Nano Brennan, past president, CPA Ireland
  • Joan Curry, council member Chartered Accountants Ireland / Department of Public Expenditure and Reform
  • Cathy Byrne, principal, KPMG Ireland
  • Mary Rose Burke, chief executive officer, Dublin Chamber of Commerce
  • Evelyn Cregan, director of Corporate Affairs, Institute of Banking
  • Richard Day, partner, Data Analytics & Risk Assurance, PwC
  • Anthony Doherty,  group corporate finance director, NTR plc
  • Catherine Guy, lawyer and chartered director
  • Karen Hennessy, chief executive officer at Design & Crafts Council of Ireland
  • Dan Holland, partner,  Audit and Assurance Services, Grant Thornton
  • Jack Massey, lecturer, UCD Smurfit School and nonexecutive Director iNua plc
  • Paul McClatchie, director and founder, Engage People
  • Kieran O'Brien, partner, KPMG Ireland
  • Michael J Walls, founder and chief executive officer, Dappr

Barry Dempsey, chief executive Chartered Accountants Ireland said, “Chartered Accountants Ireland is delighted to support the Irish Accountancy Awards. The awards play an important role in recognising the achievements of the profession and highlight the central role it plays in continued economic growth. We view the initiative as being of considerable value to the profession and look forward to participating in the judging process and making our members aware of the benefits of entering.”

Chief executive CPA Ireland, Eamonn Siggins said: “CPA Ireland are delighted to support the Accountancy Awards again in 2019. In supporting the awards, we are supporting the achievements of our members who have both been nominated and won numerous awards over the past number of years. The role of the accountant is continuously evolving and by utilising technology, the Accountancy Awards recognises the contribution, commitment and impact that our members are making in the world of accountancy.”

Among this year’s event sponsors are Sage, a business software company with a keen interest in the accounting sector.

“Together we’ve been handling accounting, compliance and global changes within businesses for more than 20 years, and the combined experience of Sage and accountants across Ireland speaks for itself. It’s an exciting time as data-driven cloud technology permeates the profession, enabling accountants to offer businesses even more value and wider strategic advice. Accountants are the true heroes of the Irish economy, and we are delighted to support these awards, recognising their invaluable work.” said Barry Murphy, managing director, Sage.

Dave Malone, president – International, Confirmation said that:
"Confirmation is thrilled to support the Irish Accountancy Awards. Having worked closely with Ireland's leading accounting firms to automate their audit confirmation process through our online platform, we're happy to recognise the contributions Ireland's accountants are making to businesses around the world."


The winner of this award will be announced at the awards ceremony on May 16th.

Dr Laurence Crowley, former Governor of the Bank of Ireland, former partner in KPMG Stokes Kennedy Crowley Chartered Accountant and a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland

  • ifac
  • PKF-FPM Accountants
  • Accountant Online
  • Cronin & Company
  • Fenero
  • Fitzgerald & Partners
  • HLB Sheehan Quinn
  • Hugh McCarthy & Associates
  • M J Kane & Co Accountants
  • O'Connor Pyne & Co.
  • Walsh O'Brien Harnett
  • Whelan Dowling & Associates
  • CAS Chartered Accountants
  • James F Wallace & Company
  • Jonathan M Boggs
  • Quinlan & Co Accountants
  • Abbott Ireland Finance
  • Accounting Pro
  • Ardmac
  • CDE
  • Fexco
  • Kerry Europe Senior Finance Leadership Team
  • Paddy Power Betfair
  • Pfizer Healthcare Ireland Commercial Finance

Tax Team of the Year

  • Fenero
  • HLB Sheehan Quinn
  • M J Kane & Co Accountants
  • O'Connor Pyne & Co.
  • PKF O'Connor, Leddy & Holmes
  • Walsh O'Brien Harnett
  • Fitzgerald & Partners
  • HLB Sheehan Quinn
  • Hugh McCarthy & Associates
  • ifac
  • Pax Financial Planning
  • PKF-FPM Accountants
  • RSM Ireland Management Consulting Unit
  • Treasury Solutions
  • Walsh O'Brien Harnett
  • Gerard Cleary, Glenisk
  • Lorraine Hennessy, Abbott Diabetes Care Ireland
  • Melanie Sheppard, Pfizer Healthcare Ireland
  • Contracting PLUS
  • Fenero
  • Fexco
  • Mazars Ireland
  • PKF-FPM Accountants
  • Brid Beirne, Abbott Diagnostics Sligo
  • Sinead Doherty, Fenero
  • Jennifer Harrison, Accountant Online
  • Michael J Kane, M J Kane & Co Accountants
  • Oriel Lawton, O'Connor Pyne & Co.
  • Feargal McCormack, PKF-FPM Accountants
  • Kelly Mitchell, Oasis Group
  • Lisa O'Brien, ifac
  • Andrea Orosz, PwC

Part-Qualified Accountant of the Year

  • Sandra Colgan, Skillnet Ireland
  • Michael Dunphy, ifac
  • Larry Mahon, Grant Thornton
  • Kiera McFeely, Accountant Online
  • Accountant Online
  • Accounting Pro
  • CheckVentory
  • IT Sligo
  • NKC Business & Taxation Consultants
  • Quinlan & Co Accountants

CSR Initiative of the Year

  • Bold Girls, KPMG Ireland
  • Doing Business In Kinsale, Fitzgerald & Partners
  • The Kenyan Child Foundation, John Mc Carrick & Associates
  • ACCA Exam Preparation Programme, City Colleges
  • Bachelor of Business (Honours), GMIT Mayo Campus
  • Mazars Ireland
  • National University of Galway, Ireland
  • O'Connor Pyne & Co.
  • Professional Accountancy Training