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Patrick McNamara & Associates (Cork) is a four partner practice based in Cork providing a wide range of services to it's clients covering areas such as Audit & Accountancy, Book-keeping, Tax Planning & Consultancy, Management Consultancy, Payroll & Company Secretarial.

We have been awarded Platinum Approved Employer Status in Trainee Development in recognition of the support provided by our firm for the training and development of our ACCA Trainees and Affiliates.

Our mission is to provide a personal, professional & proactive service and we pride ourselves on providing the highest standards of service to our clients which range from sole traders to large companies in a wide variety of industries.


We are always on the lookout for bright and ambitious professionals to join our team. Our firm is a platinum recognised ACCA training firm, the highest level achievable from ACCA, in recognition of our structured training programme for ACCA students. We are also an accredited employer and are approved for the provision of internal CPD courses.

We recruit a number of graduates annually who commence their three year training contracts in June or September each year.

Interested in a career in our firm please forward your CV to Maria Hartnett our training partner.

Meet the team


Maria Hartnett


Maria is the Managing Partner, she joined the firm as a Trainee in 1996 having completed a Bachelor of Business Studies Degree in the University of Limerick and became a partner in 2005.

She specialises in the audit of solicitors and also oversees a mixed portfolio of clients ranging from professionals to the retail sector and construction industry.

Maria oversees the firms recruitment, training and development and is the firm's liaison with ACCA in relation to trainee development. She is a member of the ACCA Cork Network and is past chair of the ACCA Munster regional society.


Louise Cull


Louise joined the firm in 1991 and became a partner in 2001. She was admitted as a fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants in 2002.

She has vast experience in dealing with small and medium sized companies in a wide range of industries including Retail, the motor trade and the construction industry and specialises in budgeting and future cash flow projections.

In conjunction with her day to day duties Louise also supports and advises the firm's clients on a variety of Information Technology issues ranging from procurement to application support.


Tim Murphy


Tim joined the firm in 1990 and became a partner of the firm in 2001.

He oversees a portfolio of large and small clients in a wide range of industries and also holds responsibility for tax, CRO and audit compliance for the firm and it's clients.

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Michael O'Leary


Michael joined the firm as partner in 2017. Michael trained with KPMG Dublin in the Construction, Healthcare Energy and Communications (CHEC) Audit Department from 2008 to 2012, where he worked with both large multinational clients and indigenous Irish family companies.

In 2013 Michael joined HLB Ryan Limited a mid-tier accountancy practice in Dublin as an Audit Director working with a wide variety of clients across all sectors.

In 2015 Michael joined Grant Thorntons Corporation Tax Department where he completed the Irish Tax Institutes exams to obtain the Chartered Tax Advisor (CTA) qualification. While in Grant Thornton Michael specialised in International and Domestic Corporation Tax. Michael is also a Qualified Financial Advisor and holds membership with both the Life Insurance Association and the Institute of Bankers.


Joseph O'Leary

FCCA (deceased)

Joe joined the firm in 1978 and he was instrumental in developing the practice over the years.

He was a past president of the Irish region of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and also a past council member of the government body FETAC and a past board member of the Voluntary Health Insurance (VHI) and the National Council of Educational Awards (N.C.E.A.).

General Questions

Isn’t it just larger businesses that need an accountant?
Of course not, even the smallest business can benefit from advice on ways to minimise tax and manage their accounts. If you prefer, we can handle all of your bookkeeping, regular management accounts and VAT returns on your behalf. The added benefit of us being involved is that having prepared the books it makes the final accounts much easier, saving time and keeping costs down.


Working with an accountant is an added cost to any business. However, the cost should be offset by the value they add. We work closely with our clients to achieve their goals. By getting to know you and your business well, we can tailor what we do specifically for your needs and your strategy, thereby adding value.


We aim to provide you with a fixed fee quote that will cover the areas we will work on together. This will be based on the complexity and volume of the tasks involved. Should any additional assignments come up during the year then we will provide a quote in advance, unless the matter is urgent and it is in your best interests to take action on your behalf. We offer you the chance to pay our fees monthly and avoid having a large invoice in one go, which helps your cashflow. One thing is for sure, if you telephone with a query you won’t get a bill. We want you to let us know how you are.

If you want to keep your own accounting records, then that is fine. If you need some help then we can give you some training. Ensuring that you understand the best way to prepare your accounting information makes it easier for us to complete your accounts or tax return. If we do this for you then you can concentrate on running your business.


Sometimes it helps to have a fresh pair of eyes look at your business. We will listen to you and firstly understand the history of the business and then how you want to develop it. We can carry out a “healthcheck” of the operating systems, management and financial reporting in place; advise on any matters arising and recommend any actions required. All designed to match up with your goals, which we established at the outset.