Declan Murray
Partner

Declan Murray is a member of Chartered Accountants Ireland, qualifying in 1987. A graduate of NUIG he was a founding partner of Kelly Murray. With over 20 years’ experience in practice dealing with the accounting, audit, taxation and business consulting needs of our clients. Declan has encountered most situations that present to the small and medium sector.

His main responsibilities today are in a business advisory role which involves restructuring, taxation planning, business plans and due diligence assignments. The focus today is dealing with the formidable challenges facing our clients’ businesses and he has handled many negotiations with Revenue, banks and other creditors.
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Patrick Donnellan
Partner

Patrick Donnellan, a native of Galway has built up an extensive range of experience in finance and accountancy over the past 20 years. Having served his accountancy apprenticeship in Ireland’s largest Irish owned firm, FGS in Dublin, Patrick went on to hold a variety of financial roles from private equity to banking before returning to practice to put this experience to use for his clients. 

Patrick advises clients on all aspects of business from start up through to retirement with the aim to maximise opportunities while minimising risk over the long term resulting in continued growth in wealth. In 2013 Patrick purchased Casserly & Co, a Galway based accountancy practice, to form Donnellan Casserly.  The client base grew significantly and in 2017 the firm merged with Kelly Murray to form Candor.  Patrick lives in Salthill, Galway with his wife Sally and three kids Paddy, Tom and Ruby.  They spend their weekends at the pool and playgrounds and enjoy watching Connacht Rugby in the Sportsground.
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George Taylor
FCCA, Practice Manager

George has over 25 years of experience working in practice and enjoys helping small and medium-size business owners to manage and grow their businesses. George provides his clients with expert advice, professionalism and peace of mind. He manages our compliance teams in providing clients with the necessary services to meet their tax and accounting needs.

He is a member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), qualifying in 2000. He has considerable accounting, auditing and tax experience across a wide range of business sectors most notably medium size companies and also in the charity sector and e-commerce. George started working in Candor as a summer job when completing his professional exams and really enjoyed the wide variety of work. When his children started athletics with South Galway Juvenile Athletics, George was drafted in as a coach. He also turned my hand to woodworking and finds it a great hobby to unwind.
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Mary Flynn
FCA, CTA, Tax Manager

Mary is our taxation manager and joined the practice in 1999. She is a Fellow of Chartered Accountants Ireland and a Chartered Tax Adviser (CTA). Mary has over 20 years’ experience advising clients in a range of sectors. Mary provides advice on personal and corporate tax matters, with a particular focus on domestic owner managed businesses and property portfolio investors. 

Mary has recently successfully completed an Advanced Corporation Tax Certificate with the Institute of Taxation, with a view to assisting domestic corporate clients to avail of opportunities to grow their businesses internationally, through the use of appropriate structures in other jurisdictions. She manages an extensive portfolio of clients, working with the Audit and Accounting division, to provide clients with advice on Financial, Taxation, Commercial and Management issues in their personal and business affairs. Mary considers her single biggest strength to be her ability to work with clients at all levels and across different industries to get the job done to the highest standard in a timely and efficient manner. Mary is a native Galwegian (with a brief spell spent as a honorary Mayo resident) and outside of work is a lifelong Galway hurling supporter and follower of all things GAA related.
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Sarah Costello
ACCA, Senior Accountant

Sarah, originally from Roscommon, joined the practice as a trainee accountant in 2006 having obtained a Batchelors of Business Studies with Accountancy at Galway Mayo Institute of Technology. She completed her professional accountancy exams with the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) in 2010.

Sarah has over 15 years of experience dealing with a varied portfolio of clients with whom she has built a positive working relationship with. She is active in in the mentoring and training of our trainee accountants by setting milestones and ensuring that they receive the necessary work experience to meet these milestones. Specialist Experience: • Audit of Charities/not for profit organisations (specialises in Charities SORP) • Audit of large construction companies • Preparation of monthly management accounts for several clients • Preparation of reports for regulated bodies such as solicitors and auctioneers • Hotel/Hospitality sector accounts preparation • Income tax returns preparation • Medical device – spent some time at one of Galway’s leading medical device companies as a GL accountant at a local and group level Interests outside of work: • Sarah helps out with her son’s soccer team • Enjoys cooking, baking and making the trips back home to Roscommon to hang out with family and friends
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Myles Upton
ACA, Senior Accountant

Myles, has been working in Candor since 2014. A member of Chartered Accountants Ireland and a graduate of NUI Galway with a Bachelors degree in Commerce. Myles is a whiz when it comes to the implementation of new systems, management accounts and performance analysis.

 

A native of Galway, Myles never felt there was a reason to leave when he found his passion for accounting . A keen player of rugby and other sports, Myles spends his free time training and playing matches. The office social butterfly, Myles organises all office outings.
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Noreen Cullinan
ACCA, Senior Accountant

Born and reared in Galway, Noreen has been with Candor for 14 years after joining in August 2007. She is a qualified member of the Association of Certified Chartered Accounts (ACCA) and specialises in SMEs and solicitors report along with keeping busy dealing with day to day queries from clients.

She enjoys the diversity of clients operating in many different industries and the excitement of working on all aspects of finance in Candor. Noreen is an avid runner, she also finds time to coach the local GAA club and of course is most often busy taxing her children to their many hobbies. Luckily Candor is super flexible with working and provides her the opportunity to do so. Her love of book-keeping and maths started from a young age at school where her career guidance saw potential and advised her to pursue the career in accountancy.
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Lorraine O'Hara
BA, Cert in Company Secretarial Law & Practice, Company Secretarial Officer / Office Manager

Lorraine is our Office Manager and has been a member of the “Candor” family since 1998. Coming from GMIT with a degree in Accounting, her starting role was one of that as PA to one of the Partners. One of her first jobs involved issuing BES shares in a private company and it’s from there that her love of all things Company Secretarial grew. Lorraine obtained her love of figures from her Math’s teacher in secondary school, who saw her potential in problem solving and so the route of Accounting was pursued.

In the last 23 years Lorraine has touched on all aspects of Accounting in the company, from formations, to VAT returns, payroll, auditing and voluntary strike offs.  Her role currently is to manage the office ensuring both clients and staff are well looked after, and if she can’t look after them, she will always direct them in the right direction. She also runs the Company Secretarial department and only last year updated her qualifications by obtaining a Certificate in Secretarial Law and Practice with The Law Society. Lorraine is a Galway City girl but has now planted her roots in Athenry. She is very much a community person and has volunteered in the local GAA club and is currently involved in the new Basketball Club in the area acting as Treasurer, Ladies Captain and Coach to the Under 12 girls’ team.  Lorraine is very much a family person and lucky to have her parents and siblings all living in Galway and sees Candor very much as an extension of her family, who have seen her through her various stages in life.
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Margaret Cullen
Secretary
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Sophie Sweeney
ACA, CTA, Senior Tax Accountant

Our resident Donegal native, Sophie is enthusiastic, zealous, hardworking and an all-rounder. She worked for four years in KPMG Dublin, specialising in financial services taxation where she provided tax compliance and consultancy to multinational enterprises, aircraft lessors, investment funds, insurance and financing companies. Her interest is the use of automation and technology for efficiency in firms.

Sophie is passionate about education and is a member of Chartered Accountants Ireland and the Irish Tax Institute. She started her career by obtaining a Bachelor of Commerce with Accounting in NUI Galway. She is also a part-time lecturer, teaching the same tax module she studied during her degree. Her interest in accounting and SMEs come from the years she worked in the family business where she was a digital marketing and accounts executive. Public speaking comes naturally to Sophie, having spoken at the Twitter Headquarters in San Francisco and Bournemouth University on the topic of digital citizenship and the safe, savvy and ethical use of social media. She has a certificate in internet safety and cyber bullying and was named in the top 20 most entrepreneurial students in Ireland by the Student Slingshot Academy in 2014. Community spirit and volunteering is extremely important to Sophie and as such, donates her free time to the local GAA club. When she isn’t working she is a cat mom to three felines and spends time with her brother who shares the same birthday as her – 14 years apart! Her vision for Candor is building small businesses into global empires.
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Jessica Caldecott
ACCA, Senior Accountant

Jessica is a resolute, committed and capable member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) with 5+ years of experience. She is from South Africa where she obtained a bachelors in accounting. She has had significant exposure to various sectors in a developing country while also auditing international publicly listed companies. 

In Candor, Jessica practices mainly in auditing and accounts preparation, however, she has a keen interest in taxation and is currently pursuing a tax qualification with Chartered Accountants Ireland.Her passion is assisting SMEs with all financial aspects of their business as she understands an entrepreneurs focus should be on growing their businesses without worrying about the burden of financial administration and compliance. She is an avid gardener and loves the outdoors where she spends most of her free time with her two dogs and Marigold, her cat. Jessica enjoys making a difference and being apart of the local community, as such, she volunteers in a local charity shop who assist blind or vision impaired people.
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Alice White
Semi Senior Accountant

Alice, originally from the banner county of Clare, has lived in Galway since 2012.  She joined Candor in July 2017 after completing a Postgraduate Diploma in Accounting in GMIT and is currently completing her professional exams with the Association of Certified Chartered Accountants.

 

Inspired by the many accountants in her family, she decided to follow in their footsteps. Alice loves working with numbers and the story they tell of a business. She understands the importance of the different aspects of accounting and enjoys the variety of the work. Additionally, she is excited about the opportunities available with a career in accountancy, which lead her to Candor. Every day is enjoyable and different due to the diverse range of clients, industries and variety of work that comes with working in practice. Alice, enraptured by Galway, often remarks that it is her home away from home because of the friendliness and vibrancy of the city. When she isn’t reading company accounts, Alice is reading novels of all genres. She also loves the fresh air and going for walks in the city and travelling further afield discovering new scenery and cultures.
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Naveen Josi
Trainee Accountant

Naveen moved to Galway over 18 years ago and immediately it felt like home. He graduated from GMIT in 2018 with a Bachelor of Business in Accounting. Inspired by his father who is an accountant, Naveen was lucky to find his passion from an early age. This enthusiasm comes through in his work and interactions with our clients.

 

Naveen specialises in income tax returns and sole trader accounts where all jobs are completed to the highest standard and in the most efficient manner. Be assured, once Naveen answers the phone you are getting the best service possible. He is currently completing his professional exams with the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants where his broad range of experience and exposure in Candor complimented his exam success.      In his free time, Naveen is a valued member of the local Indian Community where he helps organise events and frequently volunteers his time. Another passion is football and he regularly coordinates charity tournaments.
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Ann Bateman
Trainee Accountant

Ann, originally from limerick, joined Candor in 2019 after graduating with a Bachelor of Accountancy in GMIT. Following her passion for accounting, she is completing her exams with the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA). From an early age, Ann thoroughly enjoyed working in her uncle’s accountancy firm. 

 

This sparked an interest and exposed her talent for numbers, she never knew she had. Now, using her experience in the family business, she gives the same attention and care to the family business clients of Candor.Working with people is very important to Ann. In particular her professionalism and personality shines through with every interaction. Ann was immediately attracted to the vibrance of Galway city, and a fondness was formed during her summers in Salthill. She is an avid sea swimmer and braves Blackrock, even during the winter months. Also an animal lover, she frequently horse rides in her free time.
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Megan Byrne
Trainee Accountant

Hailing from Duniry, about an hour from Galway city, Megan is our newest trainee accountant. Megan graduated from GMIT with a first class Bachelor of Business with Accounting. She is continuing her academic journey with the Association of Certified Chartered Accountants. 

Megan is also looking forward to discovering her specialist area of interest. For now, Megan is involved in all aspects of accounts preparation, audit and taxation. In school, Megan was inspired by her teachers who nurtured her passion for accounting and business. They recognised in Megan the perfect accountant – good with numbers and even better with people! Megan loves spending her downtime in the fresh air. She is enthusiastic about walking and hiking, appreciating the beauty of Ireland from the peaks. She also is a competent traditional music player having completed in Fleadh Ceoils, won Connaught titles and competed in the All Ireland Championships playing piano.
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Jennifer Connaughton
Trainee Accountant

Jennifer Connaughton from Laois is our trainee accountant. She graduated from GMIT with a Bachelor of Business in Accounting. She is currently studying with Chartered Accountants Ireland and learning from the broad range of staff experiences in Candor.

 

She has a special interest in helping small businesses, accounts preparation and auditing. A valued member of the firm and a team player, Jennifer brings a friendly face and a positive attitude to work every day. While studying in college, Jennifer fell in love with Galway city. She appreciates the hustle and bustle of the city with the friendly atmosphere and community spirit, which she notes, comes through in the quality of clients at Candor. In her free time, she is lifelong Irish dancer and traditional music player in which she has completed all exams in both past times.
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