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Owen O’Reilly BA MBS
Head of Professional
Accountancy School
Paper Specialist: F1, P1 & P3
Owen is a leading lecturer(formerly BPP) with extensive ACCA and CIMA professional accounting exam experience and over 35 student prize winners. His focus is about your exam technique and your exam success. Owen uses his extensive industry and Management Consulting experience to bring his courses to life. He is well known for his brilliant exam techniques, student centred approach and entertaining classes.A central part of his teaching is to use real practical examples to help students understand and apply the key concepts leading to very high pass rates and prize winners.

He is the winner of the UCD/NIB Smurfit Business School Masters Scholarship Award and a double CIMA prize winner.



Shaun Browne MAAT FCCA
Paper Specialist: F5, F8 & P7
Shaun trained as an ACCA accountant in the UK and qualified in 1990 whilst in practice. Once qualified, Shaun changed direction and moved to the ACCA as a training consultant where he developed his passion for teaching and embarked on a 3 year training expedition for the ACCA running study schools in countries such as China, Africa and Russia.Shaun believes in making the class as interesting and as much fun as possible so that students enjoy learning. He includes lots of anecdotes about his work as a trainee and apartner to help students appreciate the practical aspects of auditing.Shaun is a great believer in ‘learn the basics’ i.e. you can’t audit a set of accounts unless you know how to prepare a set of accounts…in other words don’t take the auditing papers until you have passed or are studying for the accounting papers! This advice has stood the-test-of-time with many UK, Irish and world-wide prize winners in Auditing to his name.


Brendan Foley, BA, BL
Paper Specialist: F4
Brendan graduated with a degree in English Literature from Trinity College Dublin in 1996. He was called to the
Irish Bar in 2005, and has been in practice at the Bar and lecturing on professional courses since 2006. He was awarded the Antonia O’Callaghan prize for
Constitutional Law in 2004. Brendan has lectured
in Constitutional law, Equity & Trusts, Company
law and European law for FE1 candidates since
2008. He has also lectured on the King’s Inns
Entrance Examination course in Constitutional law since 2008.


Barry Smith, PhD, FCA
Paper Specialist: F7Barry has been teaching accounting and finance at

professional, postgraduate and undergraduate levels since 2001. During the last six years, his ACCA teaching experience has included the F3, F7, and P2 modules.His popularity as a lecturer results from being exam focused, well prepared for classes and from his ability to explain complex accounting topics. In 2010, his ‘Introductory Financial Accounting and Reporting’ textbook was published by McGraw-Hill and has been extremely well received by teachers and students.Barry is a Chartered Accountant since 1996 and holds postgraduate degrees from University College Dublin (MEconSc) and University of Birmingham (PhD). He also holds an ACCA Diploma in International Financial Reporting Standards (DipIFR).



Dr Michael Dowling
Paper Specialist: F9
Dr Michael Dowling is lecturer in finance in Dublin City University Business School, Ireland, where he specialises in delivering courses in financial management, particularly at the executive education level. He completed his PhD in finance in Trinity College Dublin in 2007. He has delivered a number of excellently-received ACCA-exemption courses in his previous employment in UK universities, including the University of Essex. He is a passionate advocate of modern learning techniques and the power of blended learning approaches combining technology and practical exercises to enhance your learning experience.



Claire Phelan O’ Rourke
F2 & F3

Claire has lectured on professional accounting qualification courses for ACCA, ATI and undergraduate finance and accounting programmes for the past five years. She specialises in Financial Accounting & Taxation subjects. Her lectures aim to combine clear explanation of topics with strong interaction on the student’s part. Claire also brings to her lectures experience gained through working in practice in the areas of Tax and Audit of multinationals for over five years.


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