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This December, Crowleys DFK will take part in a unique campaign in aid of our Charity Partner LauraLynn, Ireland’s Children’s Hospice. In keeping with the festive spirit of the season, our COO and Financial Advisory Partner Colette Nagle and our ICT Manager Justin Nagle have created a Christmas Light Display, “Casa Christmas”, at their home.

From the 1st of December until the 6th of January, the vibrant Casa Christmas light display will run every morning and evening. Visitors will be encouraged to make donations to LauraLynn using the collection box stationed at Casa Christmas, or via the QR code that will allow people to make a digital donation. All proceeds raised during the campaign will go to LauraLynn.

The Casa Christmas creation process has been a true labour of love, taking about four full days to build and a hundred hours to program, as well as a few days to build new props and fixtures. The displays are made up of 7398 pixels (bulbs), and while 4096 of these have been pre-built into two LED panels, the remaining 3302 pixels come in strings of one hundred which have been cut and joined as needed to build the display.

Justin commented,

“As a trained electrician I naturally love creating a Christmas Light Display each year. Although it takes time, it’s so rewarding to see the Christmas cheer it brings. This year is even more special as we hope to raise some much-needed funds for LauraLynn.”

With the festive season upon us, Christmas Gifting to LauraLynn will take place again this year. For the second consecutive year, each of our 100 employees and 10 partners have given up part of their Firm Christmas Hamper in lieu of a monetary donation to LauraLynn.  This combined donation will help LauraLynn gift each family with a Christmas Experience from a beautiful Advent Box that is interactive and brings daily excitement in the run up to the big day.

Additionally, on the 11th of December, 15 volunteers from Crowleys DFK will help out with LauraLynn’s first live event after almost 2 years.  Volunteers will assist with the running of Ray D’arcy’s Half & 5K in Phoenix Park, including stewarding around the event site and car parks, manning water stations, staffing the main registration area, giving out goodie bags and refreshments, and the clean up afterwards.

The Casa Christmas campaign, along with the additional Christmas Gifting and Volunteering, caps off another wonderful year of our Partnership with LauraLynn which has enabled us to highlight the magnificent work they do and raise much needed funds for the organisation.

Claire Shiels, Corporate Fundraiser at LauraLynn commented,

“Our corporate partner Crowleys DFK are a creative bunch when it comes to fundraising. With Casa Christmas they continue to pull out all the stops. Everyone that visits this beautiful piece of Christmas magic will get a much needed lift this December. A big Thank You to Colette and Justin Nagle, and all the team at Crowleys DFK – for your thoughtful ideas and initiatives. We are lucky and proud to be working with you, and so grateful on behalf of the children and families in our care.”

If you would like to visit Casa Christmas or to make a donation, please visit our iDonate page to find out more information.

Top 100 Companies Leading in Wellbein

We are delighted to be recognised in the Top 100 Companies Leading in Wellbeing Index. This indexpublished by Business & Finance in partnership with Ibecacknowledges companies across Ireland that are leading the way for employee wellbeing and who, through their commitment to instilling a best practice approach, have made a lasting impact on their employees and on the business community.  

Speaking about this achievement, Colette Nagle, COO and Head of Corporate Social Responsibility said: 

We are very proud to have been included in the Top 100 in Wellbeing list Having received the Ibec KeepWell Mark Accreditation in August 2020, continuously improving our workplace wellbeing practices across all levels of the business has remained a key priority for us.  We will continue to strive towards achieving the ultimate goal of providing the highest standard of workplace health, wellbeing, and safety for our employees. 

 Speaking about the launch of the Index, Ibec CEO, Danny McCoy commented:  

“It is encouraging to note the diversity of industries spanning the full breadth and scope of the Irish economy that are represented in this index. These 100 companies that we are celebrating today are leading the way in workplace wellbeing and their commitment to instilling a best practice approach to wellbeing has made a lasting impact on their employees and on the business community.” 

Over the month of June, 71 Crowleys DFK partners and employees, along with their families each ran/walked/jogged a minimum of 100 km in aid of our Charity Partner LauraLynn, Ireland’s Children’s Hospice 

Normally at this time of year many of our partners would be looking forward to meeting our DFK colleagues from around the world at various conferences.  With these conferences cancelled, we decided to instead use our combined steps/kms and undertake virtual walking tour of parts of the US and Canada and drop in to say ‘Hello’ to as many fellow DFK firms as possible. 

We were delighted with the support we received as we travelled across the US and Canada.  Not only had we great fun catching up online with our DFK friends (old and new), but many others also sent us on email messages, photos and video messages to show their support for our fundraising efforts. 

As well being able to showcase LauraLynn and the great work they doour tour gave us a great opportunity to promote DFK and highlight what a great network of close friends and colleagues we can reach out to on behalf of clients who carry out business internationally.  

We are delighted to have raised almost €9,000 to date with the help of our family, friends and colleagues. 

About LauraLynn Children’s Hospice 

LauraLynn, Ireland’s Children’s Hospice is the only children’s hospice in the Republic of Ireland. They provide specialised hospice care to children with life limiting conditions and their families from all across Ireland.  

Claire Shiels, Corporate Fundraiser at LauraLynn commented: 

It is wonderful to see Ireland start to reopen but for many of our families’ life will continue to stay close to home for some time yet. Your incredible achievements over the course of the month mean that we can continue to support these families on their journey through the health crisis.  By taking on this challenge, you made sure we can help our families stay at home and feel cared for there.

 

Members of the Crowleys DFK Corporate Social Responsibility team recently visited our Charity Partner, LauraLynn, to witness first-hand the amazing care this remarkable charity provide to children with life limiting conditions from all over Ireland and the supports provided to their families.

LauraLynn Hospice Visit

Pictured from left to right: Natalie Kelly, Kim McCarthy, Donna Gould and Paula McCann

Claire Shiels, from LauraLynn’s Corporate Fundraising Team took time out of her busy day to do some planning with the team for the year ahead and to show them around the hospice to share details of the holistic approach to care LauraLynn takes to meet the needs of each family throughout their journey – from their child’s diagnosis, throughout their child’s life, through end-of-life and in bereavement – for as long as a family needs support.

Speaking after the visit, Paula McCann said:

On entering LauraLynn House, there is an overwhelming sense of family. From the smiles on the faces of all the wonderful and dedicated staff to the resonating joy from some wonderful children and their families following a music therapy event in the day room, you could not but recognise what an important and precious place LauraLynn is.

Throughout our visit, we were able to see and understand the impact that our support will make in helping families create special memories that last a life-time – whether it goes toward a short stay break for a child and their whole family to stay in the hospice, home support, music and play therapy or family and sibling camps, every cent we raise and every minute volunteered will make a difference.”

The employees at Crowleys DFK have already kicked off their fundraising efforts, having recently raised close to €500 on a raffle to win an annual leave day. A team of ten volunteers from across the firm will also be giving LauraLynn a helping hand at the Annual Heroes Ball on 28 March, in addition to sponsoring a corporate table on the night.

A number of other fun fundraising initiatives are currently in the works for the year ahead to help LauraLynn with the €4.6m they need to raise in 2020 to keep their services running. Stay tuned for more updates!

LauraLynn Charity Partner 2020

Crowleys DFK is delighted to announce LauraLynn, Ireland’s Children’s Hospice as its Charity Partner of the Year for 2020.

LauraLynn, Ireland’s Children’s Hospice is the only children’s hospice in the Republic of Ireland. They provide specialised hospice care to children with life limiting conditions and their families from all across Ireland. They care for the whole family, allowing patients to be children and parents to be parents rather than full time carers.

Speaking about the announcement, Colette Nagle, Head of Corporate Social Responsibility at Crowleys DFK said,

“LauraLynn was chosen as the firm’s Charity Year Partner through an employee nomination process. This amazing charity is obviously close to the hearts of many of our team members and we are delighted to be able to support the great work that they do.”

In partnership with LauraLynn, a programme of support will be designed to meet the charity’s requirements. Details of the programme will be announced over the coming weeks.

Colette continued,

“As well as organising and taking part in fundraising events, we hope to get involved by giving our time and expertise where needed. Members of our CSR Team will be visiting the hospice in the coming weeks to witness first-hand the fantastic care and support provided by LauraLynn.”

LauraLynn offers a range of care and services including:

  • Short Breaks (for the child and family in the hospice to give the family a break);
  • Home Support (nursing care and therapeutic activities in the home);
  • Family Supports (activities & therapies to help the while family cope day-to-day, including Play therapy and Family Camps);
  • End-of-Life Care (offering families the choice to bring their child home or avail of the hospice during this time); and
  • Bereavement Support (ongoing support to help parents, brothers, sisters, grandparents and the wider family cope with their loss).

Claire Shiels, Corporate Fundraiser at LauraLynn commented;

“We are delighted to be partnering with Crowleys DFK and working with them and their staff over the coming year to raise much needed funds for the children and families in our care, and spread awareness about LauraLynn and its services as Ireland’s only children’s hospice.”

We are delighted to announce that our fundraising efforts during 2019 amounted to €16,001.60 for our Charity Partner, Cork ARC Cancer Support House.

The original goal was to raise €15,000 to help make #Room4ARC, a project to transfer their operations to the newly-renovated Sarsfield House. However, due to the incredible support from our own employees, clients, family and friends, we managed to surpass this goal. All funds raised help Cork ARC to continue to reach out to the community to offer support and information to those affected by a cancer diagnosis in our community.

Throughout the year, employees jumped out of a plane, competed in a bake-off, ran marathons and participated in bidding wars!

Speaking about the funds raised by Crowleys DFK in aid of Cork ARC, Partner and Head of Corporate Social Responsibility, Colette Nagle commented,

“We are so grateful to everyone who generously contributed to our fundraising events throughout 2019, helping us raise over €16,000 for such a fantastic charity. We hope that these funds help Cork ARC to continue providing a range of professional supports to help people cope with the challenges that cancer can bring to their lives.”

CEO of Cork ARC, Hilary Sullivan said,

“Our charity partnership with Crowleys DFK in 2019 was an example of how high people can raise the bar when it comes to volunteering effort and putting others before themselves to support a charitable cause.

As the benefactors of the amazing work of so many people in Crowleys DFK, we in Cork ARC are privileged to have been on the journey with such a dedicated team and to see how much fun and camaraderie they enjoyed in their fundraising endeavours.  The funds raised will directly support our services, which are offered free of charge to any person affected by a cancer diagnosis, either personally or through a loved one.

The success of our partnership surpassed the dreams we had as we began last year and we are immensely grateful to such a wonderful group of staff, in Cork and Dublin, who threw themselves wholeheartedly into every event, including jumping out of a plane!

We wish each member of the Crowleys DFK team every success in their work and, from each of us, on behalf of the clients that we serve, we thank them sincerely for their support, the value of which is far beyond the measure of the staggering  €16,001.60 which they raised in the name of Cork ARC Cancer Support House.”

Managing Partner of Crowleys DFK, James O’Connor said,

“Our inaugural Charity Partner of the Year initiative was a huge success. Supporting our local community is very important to us. We will continue to make as much of a positive difference as we can with our 2020 Charity of the Year Partner.”

Crowleys DFK hosted a Virtual Race Night Fundraiser in aid of Charity Partner, Cork ARC Cancer Support House last week. The night was a huge success and raised over €6,600 for Cork ARC.

One of the highlights of the night was a bidding war between Managing Partner, James O’Connor and Partner, Tony Cooney, in an effort to win a two night stay with dinner in The Europe Hotel. James was the lucky winner with a massive €750 raised from this alone.

Speaking about the event, Managing Partner, James O’Connor commented,

“On behalf of everyone at Crowleys DFK I would like to express our sincere gratitude for the very generous sponsorship by friends, clients and local businesses for our Virtual Race Night. We couldn’t have done it without your support. We are proud to support Cork ARC and play a part in supporting the great work that they do.”

Marketing & Communications Manager of Cork ARC, Joanne McCarthy said,

“We are so thankful to Crowleys DFK for hosting another successful fundraising event in support of Cork ARC – their continued support as Charity Partner gives us so much encouragement in our work and helps us to continue to reach out to the community to offer support and information to those affected by a cancer diagnosis in our community. Crowleys DFK have truly made room for Cork ARC and the people of Cork.”

Since the beginning of 2019, we have been participating in events to raise funds and awareness for Cork ARC, including the Cork City Marathon, a Sponsored Skydive and the Mini Marathon. We hope to continue to raise as much as possible for Cork ARC throughout the rest of the year.

Crowleys DFK Recruits with Simon Coveney

An Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs, Simon Coveney joined James O’Connor, Managing Partner of accountancy firm Crowleys DFK today at the firm’s recently refurbished Cork office in Lapps Quay to announce the creation of 40 new jobs in Cork and Dublin over the coming two years.

Crowleys DFK is one of Ireland’s leading indigenous accounting, tax and advisory firms. Founded 44 years ago in Cork, the firm has experienced three consecutive years of over 20% growth and currently employs 90 staff across both cities.

Recruitment is underway as the firm looks to fill roles across a range of specialties including Internal Audit, IT Audit, Risk Management, Advisory, Cloud Accounting and Public Sector Services as well as roles in its core Assurance and Tax Departments. Of the 40 new hires, 26 will be filled by experienced candidates with college graduates filing the remaining 14 roles.

James O'Connor Crowleys DFK with Simon Coveney

James O’Connor, Managing Partner of Crowleys DFK, said at today’s announcement: “We are delighted to announce these 40 new jobs across our Cork and Dublin offices. Our business has changed dramatically in recent years. The demand for access to trusted and experienced business advisors has resulted in an increased need for more innovative client solutions. Therefore, in conjunction with these 40 new roles we will also be investing in new technologies and introducing new service lines including Data Analytics, Business Process Improvement and HR and Marketing Consultancy.”

Crowleys DFK’s client base includes indigenous owner-managed businesses, and subsidiaries and European headquarters of overseas SME and multi-national companies. The firm’s national presence in Ireland is supported by their international reach through DFK International. Crowleys DFK has been a member of this global network of independent accounting and business advisory firms since 1993.

An Tánaiste Simon Coveney said: “I’m delighted to be here today for this significant announcement of 40 new jobs. Crowleys DFK is a great example of a local business achieving national and global success through ambition, innovation and a commitment to investing in talent. I’m particularly pleased to see Crowleys DFK provide career opportunities not only for homegrown and overseas professionals but also for our next generation of talent through their graduate programme.”

Crowleys DFK Recruits with Simon Coveney

An Tánaiste and James O’Connor were joined by Gloria Ramasia and Robert Graham, two new staff members of Crowleys DFK. Gloria Ramasia said: “I am thrilled to be starting my career with Crowleys DFK – it is a company that is really thinking about the future of our industry and I look forward to being part of it”.

“We believe this announcement is an important building block in our future growth. It also highlights our commitment to providing innovative service offerings to help our clients navigate the complex and sometimes challenging issues of today’s modern economy. The continued success and growth of the firm is a testament to the dedication and hard work of all our staff. I am excited with these new developments and what the future holds for Crowleys DFK”, James O’Connor concluded.

10 brave souls from Crowleys DFK took to the skies last month in an effort to raise funds and awareness for Cork ARC Cancer Support House.

Crowleys DFK have been working with Charity Partner of the Year, Cork ARC, since the beginning of 2019. Cork ARC offer invaluable specialist professional services and emotional support to people with cancer and their families. The majority of their running costs are based on voluntary donations and fundraising efforts. Witnessing first-hand the fantastic work of Cork ARC, inspired 10 Crowleys DFK employees to take to the skies and plunge 10,000ft from an airplane at a speed of 200km per hour. The goal of this skydive was to raise awareness and funds to help Cork ARC continue providing their services free of charge.

The group took the leap for charity at the Irish Parachute Club in Offaly in June 2019. Setting out with an initial fundraising target of €2,600, their incredible efforts have raised over €6,500 for Cork ARC.

For many of the group, it was their first skydive and there are already plans to make it an annual event!

A big well done to all participants and sponsors for getting involved in such a worthy cause.

Crowleys DFK are excited to announce the launch of our new website.

With a fresh look and feel, the new site offers visitors the opportunity to navigate through the service offerings with ease. This has taken a few months of hard work to complete which was supported by all staff in the firm and they are delighted with the results.

Director of Practice Development, Kim McCarthy, said;

“Our re-launched website provides a better user experience for connecting with our new and existing clients. It helps users to quickly and easily navigate through the website. This launch reflects the continued development and growth at Crowleys DFK.”