Meet the team

DSCN1518Julian McKeown

Practice Leader

Julian started Abac in 1998; he is a Fellow of Chartered Accountants Ireland and some of his other qualifications include Business Coaching, Sage Accounts Trainer, Sage Payroll Trainer, IT qualifications, Auditing Qualification, Business Mentor and Business Leadership. Julian’s strength is in helping others achieve their full potential, which is often more than they think they can achieve. Julian aims to split his work time over three activities:

  • Helping Clients achieve their goals while maximising their wealth and minimising their taxes.
  • Helping staff to be the best professional business person they can be.
  • Helping Abac achieve steps 1 and 2 while ensuring that all aspects of the business run smoothly, it is profitable, is constantly developing and that Julian himself is improving as a business person.

In his spare time Julian loves anything to do with business or self improvement: books, TV shows, newspaper articles. Outside of work Julian enjoys running, practicing Karate and spending time with friends and family.

 

Marie Tierney

Manager

Marie joined Abac in 2008 having already qualified with a BA Hons in Business Studies, a Foundation Degree in Construction Engineering and an OCR Level 2 Certificate in Accounting. Having already worked in the construction industry Marie has a keen interest in contractor and subcontractors accounts. She currently heads up the sole trader and partnership accounts department and the preparation and analysis of income and expenditure accounts.

Marie sat and passed her final Chartered Accountants Ireland exams in 2011 and became a fully qualified Chartered Accountant in November 2012.

In her spare time Marie enjoys keeping fit, spending time with her family and socialising with her friends.

 

Allison Hamilton

Manager

 

Allison joined us in July 2010 as a qualified Accounting Technician.

Allison has been in private practice since 2007 and during this time has gained a wealth of experience with both companies and sole traders. Allison now heads up our corporate department and is continuing her development through the chartered certified accountancy exams as well as being a member of the Institute of Financial Accountants.

Allison enjoys spending her spare time with family, socialising with friends and shopping.

 

CIARA MCKEOWN

Practice Accountant

 

Ciara joined Abac in April 2009 bringing eleven years experience as a manager in the charitable sector and a BA in Psychology and Media. She is currently responsible for the practice affairs including in-house Payroll, VAT and monthly accounts.

Ciara undertook the Accounting Technician’s Ireland qualification and qualified in May 2011. She works in the practice on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.

When Ciara is not working she enjoys walking, reading and baking.

 

Kerry Donaghy

Accountant 

Kerry graduated with a BA (Hons) in Accounting in 2005. Kerry started her training with Abac in 2008 and has experience in VAT, PAYE, Sole Traders and now Companies.

Kerry sat and passed the Chartered Accountants Ireland exams in 2013 and became a fully qualified chartered accountant in 2014. She takes responsibility for filing all the Company Annual returns and other statutory duties as well as being actively involved in all other aspects of the Corporate team.

In her spare time Kerry likes walking, cycling and general outdoor activities.

Sandra Moore

Receptionist and bookkeeper

 

Sandra is the face of Abac and is normally the first person you deal with. As well as the important role of looking after clients queries and directing them to someone who can help, she processes all the practice invoices, bookkeeping duties and is Julian’s personal assistant.

Sandra comes with over 20 years office experience including a retail background, joining Abac in 2005. She enjoys socialising, walking and yoga in her spare time.

 

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Vicki platt

Accountant

Vicki joined Abac in July 2013, having qualified with a BSc (Hons) degree in Accountancy. Prior to working with Abac, Vicki worked in retail management before joining a practice in 2011.

She sat and passed her Chartered Accountant Ireland final admitting exams in November 2014 & become a fully qualified chartered accountant in February 2016. Vicki has a keen interest in cross border taxes and has a diploma with Chartered Accountants Ireland in Republic of Ireland Taxes.

In her spare time, Vicki enjoys socialising with friends & family, keeping fit & baking.

 

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Accountant

After qualifying with a BSc (Hons) degree in Accounting from Jordanstown, Emer joined the practice in January 2014 having previously spent four years in industry preparing VAT, PAYE and management accounts.

Emer sat and passed her final two ACCA exams in December 2014 and became a fully qualified chartered certified accountant with Abac in February 2015.

In her spare time, Emer enjoys keeping fit, spending time with family & friends and taking an active role in her parish SVP Society.

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Paul Fitzgerald

Trainee Accountant

 

Paul joined the team in November 2016 with a BA (Hons) in Accounting & Finance. Prior to joining Abac, Paul worked in the Insolvency sector for two years.

He completed his Accounting Technicians course at South West College in summer 2018 and is currently training to become a fully qualified Chartered Certified Accountant.

In his spare time, Paul enjoys running, football & travelling.

 

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Gabriel McGrath

Trainee Accountant

 

Gabriel completed the Accounting Technician’s Course at South West College in September 2015 before joining the team in September 2017.

Gabriel previously worked in the retail sector and plans to carry on with furthering his accountancy studies in the future.

In his spare time he likes reading, music, movies, football and ice hockey.

Lisa Ferris

Accountant

 
Lisa joined Abac as a qualified Chartered Accountant in March 2019 and is currently working within our companies team.

Lisa graduated with a BSc (Hons) degree in Accounting from University of Ulster, Jordanstown and went on to become a fully qualified Chartered Accountant in February 2016.

Following her qualification, Lisa joined a large construction and civil engineering company as a Management Accountant. Lisa was responsible for completing quarterly management accounts, and preparing CIS, RCT and VAT returns.

In her spare time, Lisa enjoys spending time with her family and socialising with friends.

Jessica Alexander

Trainee Accountant

 
Jessica joined our team in July 2019 and completed her Accounting Technicians Course in June 2020 at South West College. She is currently furthering her professional development by working her way through and completing her Chartered Accounting exams.

Jessica has experience working in the customer services department within the retail sector and in her spare time, Jessica enjoys volunteering, travelling and socialising with friends and family.

Niamh Coyle

Trainee Accountant

 

Niamh joined Abac in October 2020 and is currently completing an Accounting degree in University of Ulster, Jordanstown.

Prior to joining Abac, Niamh has experience working in retail and plans to further her accountancy studies after completion of her degree.

In her spare time, Niamh enjoys playing camogie, travelling and socialising with friends.

Aidan Heaney

Trainee Accountant

 

Aidan joined Abac in October 2020 and is currently completing the Accounting Technicians Course in South West College.

Prior to joining Abac, Aidan had worked in retail and hospitality, working in his family run Spar shop and Bar. Aidan is planning on furthering his accountancy studies after completion of the Accounting Technicians Course.

In his spare time, Aidan enjoys going for hikes and socialising with friends.

Shannon Love

Trainee Accountant

Shannon joined Abac in June 2021 after finishing her A-Levels and is due to commence the Accounting Technicians HLA course at South West College in September.

Shannon has experience in the hospitality and food production sector, working part time in Tickety Moo. She is planning on continuing her accountancy studies after completion of the Accounting Technicians course.

In her spare time, Shannon enjoys all kinds of fitness. After retiring from competitive Irish Dancing, she completed a fitness training diploma and hopes to gain more knowledge and experience in this area. She also enjoys travelling and spending time with family and friends.

 

Donna Kelly

Trainee Accountant

Donna joined Abac in August 2021 having completed her Accounting Technicians Course in June 2020 at South West College.

Donna has 3 years previous experience working in practice, prior to joining Abac.

In her spare time, Donna enjoys playing guitar and spending time with friends and family.

Ann-Marie Acheson

Trainee Accountant

Ann-Marie joined Abac in August 2021.