CPA Profile
Barry E Clarke
CPA Profile
Barry E Clarke
Portrait headshot photograph of Barry E Clarke smiling

Title: Principal
Company: Clarke Corrigan & Co.
Qualifications: FCPA, Ctax, Dip. Insolvency

Why did you decide to start out in a career in accountancy?
I had a great Accountancy teacher at school, Noel Kiely, he always made the subject interesting and enjoyable. After leaving Cert I completed a business studies certificate in Dundalk, after which I got a Trainee Accountant position in Frank Lynch & Co., from there I have never looked back.
Why did you choose CPA Ireland as your qualification route?
The practice where I trained was a CPA practice, there were 10-15 trainee accountants studying both ACCA and CPA. There was no Internet for research available at the time, so I chose CPA on the advice of some of my peers, lectures were convenient, and the exam structure suited my social and sporting activities.
Please provide a brief history of your career.
I joined Frank Lynch & Co. in 1991. I trained there until 1995 under great mentors Frank and Ciaran Lynch and Tony McBride. In late 1995 I moved to a practice in Navan, I qualified in 1996. In 1998 I set up my own accountancy practice. Over the years as well as normal CPD I have upskilled in many areas including Insolvency and Corporate Restructuring.
What one word describes what your CPA qualification has given you?
What has been your biggest career achievement?
Setting up my own Accountancy Firm at 27, Although stressful at times, the practice has given me a good lifestyle and allows me to live and work where I am from.
What or who inspires you most in business?
I am lucky to have a wide circle of friends and acquaintances in business, while no one individual totally inspires me I take attributes from each of them.
What advice would you give to those recently qualified or currently studying for their CPA qualification?
Be proud of your qualification, CPA will open doors for you, embrace the journey.
How do you unwind?
I am involved in athletics, I have been race director for a number of road races, I train a Running Group three times a week, that is my escape. I am also involved with Longwood Senior Hurling Team as a coach/selector.
What traits do you admire in others?
The ability to shut off.