About us

We Are Accesible And Proactive

Our Partners and team members are accessible at all times. We Proactively look to Add Value to your business profitability and personal interests.

We Listen To You And Advise Accordingly

We make the effort to understand your business as this is essential to be able to advise effectively.

Our Story So Far

Brian Feeney and Alan Shaughnessy have drawn on their combined 40 years experience in the accounting, business advisory and financial services arena to provide the technical expertise and commercial knowledge to meet their client needs on an ongoing basis.

Our Core Values Are:

  • Integrity – We are honest and forthright in dealings with our clients, our business partners and our fellow team members
  • Teamwork – By sharing our knowledge, ideas and by working together we will find the correct solution for our clients
  • Service – We strive to deliver a superior service at all times. Our objective is to build long term and stable relationships with our clients
  • Commitment – We believe in what we do. We are committed to serving our clients and developing our team
  • Learning – We are committed to learning each and every day
  • Excellence – We always aspire to standards of excellence in everything we do
  • Action – We have a bias towards action and we are pro-active in our efforts to add value to our clients’ interests
  • Respect – we have respect for our clients, our business partners and our fellow team members

In 2019, DFS & co became part of the Xeinadin Group. The Xeinadin Group is an extensive association of more than 2,000 advisors spanning the UK and Ireland. Xeinadin Group helps entrepreneurs, SME’s, corporations and not-for-profit organisations achieve their goals and mission. Through unmatched collaboration and innovation, we work together to support and inspire you to reach your strategic business goals or accomplish the mission of your organisation. We provide all the traditional accountancy services but thrive when we can add value to your business, collaborating with a deep business understanding. In our group, you will find all the expertise needed to help your organisation grow and reach its full potential, regardless of your sector. Xeinadin has a global reach and knowledge but works locally with a personal touch.

THE TEAM

Alan Shaughnessy

FCCA QFA Partner    LinkedIn


Alan graduated from GMIT with a Bachelor of Business Studies degree is a Fellow member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, and is a Qualified Financial Advisor. Alan originally worked in Practice and subsequently has gained many years’ experience in financial Institutions in the city of London and Sydney where his employers included Lloyds’s TSB, JP Morgan Chase, and ING Bank. He has held a number of senior roles in the Capital Markets arm of Investment banking.
In 2007 he became one of the founding partners of DFS & Co Accountants and Business Advisors and in the intervening period has built up a substantial client base across all business sectors including Hotel & Leisure, Pharmacy, Medical and Restaurant & Catering.


Brian Feeney

FCCA QFA Partner    LinkedIn


Brian is a Fellow member of Chartered Accountants Ireland and is a Qualified Financial Advisor. After graduating from NUIG with a Commerce degree he trained and qualified in a large Galway based accounting practice.
Brian worked in industry for 10 years including 5 years as a Senior Finance Manager with a large Galway based Multi-national company and 5 years as Head of Finance for an SME in the Grocery Retail sector.
In 2007 he became one of the founding partners of DFS & Co Accountants and Business Advisors Brian’s varied experience has enabled him to gain an in-depth of small to medium sized enterprises across all sectors and all types of businesses. He values his relationships with his clients and would regard the Retail sector as an area of specialist expertise for him.

Maria Doonan

FCA AITI


Maria is a Fellow of Chartered Accountants Ireland and is a Registered Tax Consultant of the Irish Taxation Institute, where she has also lectured. In 2000, she graduated from NUI Galway with an honours Commerce degree. Maria has a wealth of experience in auditing, accounting and business advisory services for both business and individual clients. Maria also provides taxation advice to a diverse portfolio of individual and corporate clients and has been advising clients for over 20 years on retirement planning, inheritance and gift tax planning as well as the implications of VAT transactions. Maria has previously contributed to the Irish Tax Review and Irish Taxation Institute seminars.

Patrick Hyland

FCA


Patrick is an Associate member of Chartered Accountants Ireland and is a Bachelor of Business Studies degree graduate from GMIT. He trained in a large Galway based practice and joined DFS & Co in 2011.
Patrick has over 13 years of professional experience and is responsible for managing all aspects of the diverse portfolio of clients that he deals with.
Patrick has an in-depth knowledge of taxation, accounting and business advisory services for both business and individual clients.

Stuart Cooke

FCCA


Stuart is an Associate member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants and a graduate of Limerick Institute of Technology with Business Studies Honours degree in Accounting & Finance. Prior to joining DFS & Co in 2011 he worked for 5 years as company accountant for a business in the construction sector.
Stuart has an in-depth knowledge of accounting and business advisory services for both business and individual clients. Specifically his knowledge of managing an outsourced financial control function for business is valued highly by our clients who avail of this service. The main sectors that Stuart deals with include Pharmacy, Hotel & Leisure and Restaurant & Catering.

Barry Loughnane

ACA CTA


Barry is an Associate member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants and a Chartered Tax Advisor of the Irish Taxation Institute. Having graduated from NUI Galway with an honours Bachelor of Commerce degree in 2011 Barry worked in Industry before joining DFS in 2016.
Barry has extensive knowledge of taxation advising clients on a wide scope of transactions including retirement planning, inheritance & gift tax planning and corporate tax planning. Barry manages a diverse portfolio of clients including hospitality, retail, legal & pharma providing taxation, compliance & business advisory services.

LOOKING TO CHANGE ACCOUNTANTS?

In the past year a number of proactive businesses just like yours switched to DFS & Co for better financial support and advice, transparent charging structure and partner level attention.