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This page includes a short biography for each of the Certified Tax Adviser (CTax) lecturers.

Michael Smith - FS Taxation

Michael Smith is a founder and Taxation Partner of Farrell Smith Taxation.

He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and an Associate of the Irish Taxation Institute. He has over 18 years experience in taxation, and has previously worked in the tax departments of PricewaterhouseCoopers, Andersen and BDO Simpson Xavier. Michael has lectured extensively for the Irish Taxation Institute and the main accountancy bodies.

Michael will deliver the following modules:

  • Corporation Tax - Essentials & Specific Advanced Issues
  • Corporation Tax - Specialist Issues


Paul Gosal is the principal of Paul Gosal Tax Advisory a specialist tax firm providing personal, corporate and capital tax consultancy and compliance services to a broad range of individual and corporate clients with business interests in Ireland and abroad. Paul is an experienced and well regarded AITI-Chartered Tax Adviser and Chartered Accountant with 15 years’ experience as a tax practitioner. His areas of expertise include tax efficient Succession Planning and Corporate/Business restructurings including personal retirement planning and tax efficient cash extraction. Paul has developed a keen interest in tax planning and compliance for internationally mobile individuals including non-residents, expatriates and non-domiciled individuals.

He is an Associate of the Irish Taxation Institute (of which he also represents members in Cork and Kerry as Chair of the South West Network) and a Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland. Paul is a taxation lecturer for the past 10 years in Cork Institute of Technology and regularly presents on taxation matters for the Certified Public Accountants and Irish Taxation Institute.

Paul will deliver the following module:

  • Succession Planning

Gary O'Mahony (BCL, FAC, AITI) - O'Hara Dolan & Co Tax Advisers

Gary is a law graduate from University College Cork and also spent a year in Dublin City University doing a post-graduate diploma conversion course in accountancy. He trained in Arthur Andersen, qualifying as a Chartered Accountant in 1994 and as a tax professional in 1995. Previously a tax director with Ernst & Young, he joined Kieran Ryan & Co in 2004 as a tax partner and now heads up the tax department, dealing daily with many tax and commercial issues across a varied client portfolio:

Gary will deliver the following module:

  • Revenue Interaction

Ethna Kennon - Tax Director, KPMG

 Ethna Kennon, FCA, AITI is a Director in KPMG Ireland’s indirect tax group. Ethna has over 15 years’ experience specialising in VAT and providing indirect tax advisory and compliance services to a wide range of domestic and international businesses. She also lectures extensively on indirect tax matters to industry members and tax and accounting practitioners.

Ethna will deliver the following module:

  • VAT Essentials

James Bradley BComm ACCA  AITI

James has been lecturing in Tax and Accounting for Griffith College in Cork and Dublin for 6 years.  He also lectures for UCC, Chartered Accountants Ireland and the Irish Tax Institute. In addition James runs his own small Tax/Accountancy practice in Cork.

James will deliver the following module:

  • Tax Issues of Employment Income
  • Advanced Income Tax

David Clancy - Managing Director, Clancy & Associates

David is an experienced tax professional having particular expertise in the areas of income tax, capital gains tax, capital acquisitions tax and personal financial planning.

He is a member of the Irish Tax Institute, has lectured extensively for the Irish Tax Institute and other professional bodies and he is a regular contributor to tax seminars and articles.

David started his own company in 1998. The business has grown successfully and has been based on very hard work and wonderful colleagues and clients.

David will deliver the following module:

  • Further Aspects of Personal Tax