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The Firm

The history of CLD Accountants Ltd goes back to the early 1970’s when Peter Pierse & Co commenced practice in Tralee. Due to its innovation in implementing the most up to date technology for the accounting profession, the firm was quickly established as one of the leading practices in Kerry. The firm has evolved over the years, and on the retirement of the founding partner in 1996, Diarmuid Leen and Des O’Donnell joined existing partner Mary G Carmody, to form Carmody Leen O’Donnell & Co. Due to continued growth and expansion, Grainne Foley and PJ Kissane were introduced as two new partners in 2017. Mary retired from her role as managing partner in April 2017 after over 30 years service with the firm.

The firm now trades as CLD Accountants Ltd and as well as the four partners it has a core staff of ten employees. Our client base is predominantly based in Kerry, but we also service clients all over the country ranging from Cork, Limerick, Clare, Galway and Dublin. CLD Accountants Ltd offer an extensive range of professional accounting, taxation and advisory services and have a broad range of experience across different sectors such as retail, construction, professionals, farming and non-profit organisations.

The firm is regulated by the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants.

Our Business Profile

The range of business activities we service includes financial, manufacturing, retailing, property & construction, professional services, and a substantial farming client base.

We have a strong and professional team, with a wide range of skills and experience to enable us to tackle a broad range of assignments. We have a large client base covering a large cross-section of business activities providing us with the experience and competence to provide a professional tailored service to all our clients.

We pride ourselves in developing strong business relationships with clients by identifying their specific requirements and providing services in a timely and professional manner. Because of our size and staff profile, we can guarantee clients access to partners and senior staff on an ongoing basis.

In addition to audit and taxation services, we also offer other management services including periodical management accounts, budgeting, financial projections, finance restructuring, investments, pensions and retirement planning.

Company Principals


B Comm, FCCA, APA (Pensions)

Diarmuid joined the firm in 1985 having graduated from UCC with an Honours Batchelor of Commerce Degree. He subsequently qualified as an accountant and was admitted as a Fellow of the ACCA Association in 1991. He became a partner in the firm in 1996 and was initially responsible for the development of the farming and agri-business sector. With over 30 years’ experience in practice, Diarmuid has obtained a wide knowledge in all the areas of business finance and tax planning. He is currently the managing partner of the firm and oversees all aspects of the practice as well as managing a varied client portfolio.



AITI Chartered Tax Advisor (CTA), LIA.

Des worked in industry with a number of multinational companies including twelve years with Kerry Group before joining the firm in 1996. He is very involved with our corporate business, tax planning and related matters. With over 30 years’ combined experience in both industry and practice he is very involved in business advisory matters, business development, management accounts, financial projections, banking applications and restructuring. He has extensive knowledge in personal, corporate and Revenue tax matters as well as retirement and estate planning.



BBS (Acc), FCCA, AITI Chartered Tax Advisor (CTA), QFA

Gráinne graduated with a Bachelor of Business Studies degree from IT Tralee in 2000. She commenced her career as a trainee accountant with Carmody Leen O’ Donnell & Co & became a partner of the firm in 2017. Gráinne is experienced in all areas of Irish Taxation and advises on both business and personal taxation as well as dealing with Revenue audits and investigations. Gráinne also has an excellent knowledge of all areas of audit work & accounts preparation dealing with a diverse client portfolio including farmers, sole traders, company accounts and credit unions. Gráinne is also a qualified financial advisor.



BBS, FCCA, APA(Pensions)

PJ graduated with a Bachelor of Business Studies degree from University of Limerick in 2003. PJ acquired experience working for a Big 4 firm as a trainee accountant. He has extensive experience in tax, audit and accounts preparation over a diverse range of business sectors. PJ joined Carmody Leen & O’ Donnell in 2008 and became a partner of the firm in 2017. PJ is mainly involved in corporate business development advising on taxation structures, company law and corporate restructure.


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. 


What our Clients Say

We at Athea & District Credit Union avail of the services of Carmody Leen O’Donnell & Co as our external auditors. The company has a very comprehensive knowledge of credit union business which we find invaluable with complying with rapidly changing regulations. Carmody Leen O’Donnell & Co are always very communicative, pleasant and professional to deal with.

Katie O’Sullivan, Chairperson - On behalf of the Board of Directors 


Carmody Leen O’Donnell & Co have been our accountants for over nine years. During that time we have found them to be completely professional in all aspects of their business dealings with us. We fully trust them to ensure we are compliant in all aspects of taxation and company law. Furthermore, their staff are always courteous and friendly and are very approachable at all times no matter what the query.

Listowel Livestock Mart


I have been a client of Carmody Leen O’Donnell & Co for over twenty years. In all that time I have found Diarmuid and all the team to be very professional, friendly and helpful in all my dealings with them. They have always ensured that all my financial and tax affairs are well looked after at both a personal and business level. I had experience of other firms, but I have not come across any other firm of professional people that has the ability to communicate in a manner that is understandable, timely and efficient. It gives me great comfort to have them at the end of the phone and I would highly recommend the firm to any potential client.

John Cronin - Cronin’s Cider


We have been a client of Carmody Leen O’Donnell for long time now and we would highly recommend them. We find PJ and all the team to be very approachable and they have always given us a great service and very reliable advice. We would highly recommend Carmody Leen O’Donnell & Co to any business or potential client.

Tim & Anne Lynch - Lynchs Oil Products Limited


We have been clients of Carmody Leen O’ Donnell & Co for a number of years and have built up an excellent working relationship with various members of their team. We have benefited greatly from their expertise in areas of accounting and taxation as well as advice on our bookkeeping & payroll. We are very happy to give them our recommendation.

Tim McQuaid - McQuaid Motors Limited


We have been dealing with Des and PJ in Carmody Leen O’Donnell for a numbers of years now. We are very satisfied with the service provided, and find that Carmody Leen O’Donnell offer a level of professionalism and expertise that provides us comfort knowing that our accounting and tax affairs are being dealt with in compliance with regulations, but also in the most efficient manner. We have no hesitation in recommending Carmody Leen O’Donnell to other firms.

Listowel Arms Hotel