Our People

We’re well known by our clients for our proactivity in dealing with them. But, what’s more we are highly approachable (you can call us for a chat or advice at any time), witty (God help us! – after all we are accountants), enthusiastic (a dash of enthusiasm never goes astray), professional (it’s in the genes) and efficient (again the genes).

Our clients keep recommending us so we must be doing something right!

Below is a brief outline for each one of the team so you can see who we are…of course there’s only so much you can learn from a web page. That’s why we would love to meet you for a coffee and a chat face to face to see how we can help you.

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We really enjoy doing what we do.

We always try to do what we say we’re going to do when we say we’re going to do it. It cannot be any simpler than that.

In the end, any business is only as good as the people involved in it. We take great pride in the calibre of people that work for us and their dedication to our clients.

The Principals

Seamus Parfrey BCOMM HDE FCA Partner


Having obtained a B.Comm degree from University College Cork I qualified in 1979 as a Chartered Accountant having trained with PriceWaterhouseCoopers, Cork. I set up practice in 1980 and was admitted in 1985 as a Fellow of Chartered Accountants Ireland. I specialise in forensic accounting and business growth advisory services.

I was awarded a Diploma in Forensic Accounting from Chartered Accountants Ireland, the first of its kind in Ireland. This structured and participative course has enhanced my existing 30+ years’ experience in forensic accounting.

My clients are mainly self-employed and owner managed businesses who benefit from my business improvement skills and concentration on services that bring value to them. I am passionate about ensuring that clients receive a top class service.

I served on the Practice Review Committee of Chartered Accountants Ireland and the Cork Society of Chartered Accountants Committee.

I am born and bred in Cork and am overly proud of it! A sporting enthusiast, I also have a keen interest in reading, art, music and my children Patrick, Fiona, Jennifer and David. I served as Assistant Treasurer and also President of the Irish Rugby Football Union Munster Branch 1990/91. I was also Treasurer of the Irish Universities Rugby Union in the amateur days.

Like: When Cork and Irish sportstars and teams win
Dislike: Car drivers using mobile phones.
Find Seamus on Linkedin.

Noel Murphy BCOMM FCA Partner


I obtained a B.Comm degree from University College Cork and qualified as a Chartered Accountant having trained with PricewaterhouseCoopers, Cork. I obtained third place in Ireland in my final qualifying examination with Chartered Accountants Ireland. In 1984 I entered into partnership with Seamus to form the firm Parfrey Murphy. I have considerable expertise in auditing and corporate finance and in finding solutions for companies and individuals in financial difficulty. I also have a keen interest in finding taxation solutions for companies and high net worth individuals. I am the partner in the firm who deals with company liquidations as a Registered Insolvency Practitioner.

I have served on a specialist subcommittee of Chartered Accountants Ireland and held the position of Treasurer of Cork Chamber of Commerce from 2000 to 2009. I have also acted as a director of a number of private companies.

I have a keen interest in music and all sports. I am involved in Gaelic Games with my local club Ballinora and have been fortunate enough to represent Cork in Gaelic football at a number of levels including senior. My family are steeped in the Gaelic Athletic Association as my late father Con Murphy was a former President of the GAA.

Like: Gaelic games
Dislike: Cucumber
Find Noel on Linkedin.

Team Members

Eoin Ahern BSC (FINANCE) ACA Accountant


I graduated from University College Cork in 2009 with an honours degree in Finance. I started working with Parfrey Murphy in 2010 as a trainee accountant and qualified in 2014 as a Chartered Accountant.

My main interest lie in sport, music and reading. I am a member of Dungourney GAA club, playing both hurling and football.

Like: My iPod
Dislike: Sky Sports commentators
Find Eoin on LinkedIn.

Una Beecher LLB LIA DIPLOMA AITI Tax Compliance Manager


I joined Parfrey Murphy in 2002 and am an associate member of the Institute of Taxation of Ireland. I also hold an LLB Law Degree from the University of London, a Pensions Diploma with LIA and a Diploma in Trust & Estate Planning. I deal with all areas of income tax and corporation tax compliance as a Registered Tax Consultant. I specialise in meeting all tax deadlines and reducing clients’ end of year tax liabilities.

My outside interests include reading, music and sport.

Like: Weekends
Dislike: Mice
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Mary Blyth FCA Business Adviser


I joined Parfrey Murphy in 1989 and qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1994. I am a Fellow of Chartered Accountants Ireland and specialise in Revenue audits and providing business advisory services. Having spent 6 years working in corporate finance in the banking and energy industries in the UK I rejoined the firm as a manager in 2003.

My client portfolio includes most business sectors from owner managed businesses to medium sized private companies. I specialise in providing value added services to clients that will improve their businesses and I do it with a smile.

I was appointed to the Board of Cork Chamber in July 2009 as the Honorary Treasurer and was an active member of the Chamber’s Management and Audit & Risk Committees.

I am trying to balance a busy home life with my career.

Like: First cup of Barrys tea in the morning
Dislike: Parallel parking
Find Mary on Linkedin.


Patrick Doherty Payroll Administrator


I started with Parfrey Murphy in 2006 as Payroll Officer to operate the Payroll Department. I have over 30 years payroll experience in Ireland and the U.K. from my previous employment with a large payroll agency.

My interests lie in film, music, travel and sport.

Like: Food
Dislike: Waiting around
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Maria Fahy BA BUS GRAD ISCA Company Secretary and New Client Liaison Manager


I graduated from Waterford Institute of Technology with a B.A. degree in Business and General Administration in 2001. I am also a graduate of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators.

I manage the Company Secretarial Department having joined the firm in 2006 from Pricewaterhouse Coopers where I was employed since 2001.

I am the firm’s New Client Liaison Manager which ensures that they are 100% satisfied at all times.

I love reading and sports especially following Manchester United.

Like: GAA
Dislike: Cricket
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Claire Hanley Office Administrator


I have been working as receptionist/secretary with Parfrey Murphy since 2000. I have an excellent working relationship with clients, partners and colleagues.

I am an outgoing, caring and friendly person. I like listening to music, going to concerts, reading romantic novels and sports biographies. I am currently on the committee for Mitchelstown Badminton Club and Galtee Runners Athletics Club. I have completed 3 mini marathons and a relay marathon in Cork. I am a supporter of Munster Rugby, Ireland Rugby and Limerick GAA. I have previously been a member of Ballylanders Macra na Feirme.

Like: Shopping
Dislike: Bacon and cabbage

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Sarah McDermott B.BUS (HONOURS) ACCA Accounts Manager


I graduated from Cork Institute of Technology in 2008 with an honours Bachelor degree in Business. I have successfully completed my professional exams and I am now a qualified accountant with the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants since 2014.

My interests lie in music, socialising, shopping and travelling.

Like: The weekends
Dislike: The alarm clock
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Brendan Murphy BCOMM Office Manager


I work closely with the partners in the administration of the practice and am also involved in client work. I specialise in providing payroll services and manage the Payroll Department.

My interests lie in film, books and sport, especially GAA. My involvement in a variety of sports earned me the Sports Person of the Year award in University College Cork many years ago. I have been heavily involved in the G.A.A. especially with youth development at Bishopstown GAA Club.

Like: A photograph that catches the moment – but not of me!
Dislike: Slow drivers in fast lanes
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Claire Scannell BA ACCA  Senior Accountant


I graduated in 2005 from University College Cork with a first class honours BA degree in history. I completed my professional qualifications and exams with the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants in 2009 and joined Parfrey Murphy in 2014.

My interests are travelling, energy healing and spending time with friends and family

Like: Coffee
Dislike: Spiders