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With over 40 years experience working with farming, food and agri-businesses, ifac have the expertise to help you and your business get where you need to be. Our Balla team work with our national network to offer comprehensive independent advice and specialist solutions tailored to fit your needs.
Senior Team Balla
Martin joined our Athenry office in 1992 after graduating from GMIT after studying Business Studies/Agri-Business. Originally from Turloughmore in Galway, Martin then moved to Mayo after completing his training. There, he opened our Mayo office in 1996 and has been there since. In January 2020, Martin took over the role of Commercial Manager for ifac. While overseeing our offices nationwide, Martin is still based in our Balla office, Martin specialises in Farm Business advisory and is also our Renewable Energy specialist. Married to Caroline with 4 children, Martin is a keen GAA enthusiast, in particular, Galway hurling.
Grace is an Accounting Graduate from GMIT Galway. She works in the Balla office within a team of 7 and has covered a broad range of different clients from Sole traders to companies. She feels she has gained great experience and learnt from the senior accountants within her office. Grace joined in 2017 and has said of her experience with ifac; “I found training beneficial as twelve of us were brought together to start our graduate journey and learn all ifac systems thoroughly. This was also worthwhile as we started to network from day one and build connections around the country. Not many other accounting firms have this option as they are normally refined to just their office rather than the bigger picture of the company as a whole.”
John is a Food and Agribusiness Management Graduate from UCD who joined ifac in July 2017 through our graduate programme. Of his experience John has said; “It’s been great experience so far as the role with ifac allows me to pursue a career in accountancy and run the beef farm at home. I have found that the trust and responsibility given in the office to work with a wide range of clients including sole traders, farm partnership and companies is down to the graduate training programme and the experiences gained through it. Coming from an agri background and having previously worked with Aurivo as part of my work experience in college, ifac as company really suited me. In addition to accountancy, many clients need further supports and advice in terms of farm schemes, grants etc. so coming from a similar background to many of the clients I deal with has been invaluable. “ Outside of work, John plays football for his local GAA team, Davitts.
You need an accountant who knows farmers and the business of farming. Ifac is a co-op and they know farming and farm tax, they are experts and I recommend them.
Teddy Cashman Dairy Farmer, ifac Board Member
I was of the opinion that I had a good tax advisor prior to moving to ifac. Ifac’s service goes beyond the traditional tax accountant. Their service matches my plans for the future of my farm with top class tax planning.
Larry Martin Dairy Farmer
I listen to farmers expressing concern about the service they are getting from their accountant. I tell them to join ifac as I am very happy with the service I am getting.
Pat Murphy Dairy & Beef Farmer
Getting the benefit of all the ifac specialists with one point of contact has been great for us. We're a growing business so having a partner who brings an external perspective is highly valuable.
Padraig Hennessy Co-Founder, Terra Liquid Minerals
Young farmers need expert specialist advice, they need to be with an accountant who knows farming and farm income and transfer taxes. Ifac fits the bill for me and I strongly recommend them to other young farmers.