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.
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.
Meet the Team
Eoin Ahern BSC (FINANCE) ACA – Senior 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
Slavica Antunac – Accountant
I started with Parfrey Murphy in 2017 as Accounts Assistant while completing an IATI course.
I am currently studying at Chartered Accountants Ireland and also Business Management at CIT.
Like: My Phone
Dislike: Horror movies
Richard Barry BSC FCCA – Audit Manager
I graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematical Sciences from University College Cork in 2005 and was admitted to membership of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) in 2010 while working in private practice, becoming a fellow of ACCA in 2015. I joined Parfrey Murphy in 2017 as Audit Manager and am heavily involved in all aspects of the firm’s statutory audit function and providing technical advice and support to clients and colleagues.
I have a keen interest in ice and inline hockey and I also enjoy a bit of football. I have represented Ireland at various competitions in inline hockey including my proudest moment, competing at the World Championships in July 2018 in Italy.
Like: Free time and tinkering with computers and electronics
Una Beecher LLB LIA DIPLOMA AITI – Senior Tax Consultant
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 tax consultancy assignments that require research to avail of tax planning opportunities.
My outside interests include reading, music and sport.
Mary Blyth FCA – Partner
I joined Parfrey Murphy in 1989 and qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1994 and am a Fellow of Chartered Accountants Ireland. Having spent 6 years working in corporate finance in the banking and energy industries in the UK I re-joined the firm as a manager in 2003 and was appointed a partner in 2021 to take charge of consultancy projects.
The Board of Cork Chamber in July 2009 appointed me as the Honorary Treasurer and I was an active member of the Chamber’s Management and Audit & Risk Committees.
Providing ad hoc business advisory services, Revenue audit planning/preparation, HR and accounting advice is my forte and my client portfolio includes most business sectors from owner managed businesses to large private and public companies.
So I specialise in providing value added services to clients that will improve their businesses and I do it with a smile.
For many years with the firm I have demonstrated a strong dedication to helping all our business clients succeed and am committed to carrying on the firm’s founding principle and ethos of providing superior service to the business and professional community on time every time!
I am still trying to balance a busy family life with my career.
Like: First cup of Barrys tea in the morning
Dislike: Parallel parking
David Collins – Accountant
I started with Parfrey Murphy in 2019 working in the audit / accounts department having previously trained in a big audit firm.
I studied with Chartered Accountants Ireland and successfully passed these exams having previously studied in University College Cork. I also am a certified Xero advisor.
My Interests lie in rugby and rowing.
Denis Crowley FCCA – Accounts Manager
I qualified as a Chartered Certified Accountant in 1999 and was awarded fellowship of The Association of Chartered Accountants 5 years later. I have worked in practice for 25 years and have had extensive experience in managing the delivery of the full suite of practice services to a wide variety of clients operating in various industries and sectors. For over twenty of those years, I have been involved in the provision of audit and non-audit services to credit unions, becoming an expert in this area.
The most enjoyable part of my career has been building relationships with clients based on trust, delivery on promises and professionalism.
Away from work, I love spending time with family and friends, getting outdoors and taking on projects in the garden.
Like: Coffee and chocolate
Dislike: My weighing scales
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.
Dislike: Waiting around
Miriam Killeen BCOMM AITI FCA – Tax Compliance Manager
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.
I also qualified as a Chartered Accountant.
My main interests are choral singing, art and of course travel.
Helen Devlin – Office Administrator
I am the Office Administrator with Parfrey Murphy. I am a recent graduate of Cork College of Commerce, where I qualified in Business Administration.
My interests lie in reading and especially in dancing, where I am a member of Cork DanceSport Academy.
Dislike: Creepy Crawlies
Sarah McDermott BBUS (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
Aoife McSwiney BA MBA CIS – Company Secretary and New Client Liaison Manager
I’m a graduate of University College Cork and completed my professional qualifications and exams with the ICSA: The Governance Institute. I have over 5 years experience in company secretarial compliance and joined PM in 2018.
My interests are travelling, cycling and spending time with friends and family.
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
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. 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
Seamus Parfrey BCOMM HDE FCA – Partner
Having obtained a B.Comm degree from University College Cork I qualified as a Chartered Accountant having trained with PriceWaterhouseCoopers, Cork and was admitted 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 many 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. I also acted as Treasurer of the Irish Universities Rugby Union.
Like: When Cork and Irish sport stars and teams win
Dislike: Car drivers using mobile phones