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The Barefoot Accountant

Integrity, Service, Confidentiality. Tel: 087 4144304/028 48052

About Us

The mission of the Barefoot Accountant is to bring cost effective, high quality expertise to the accounting function of start ups, small and medium size businesses. The expertise provided in any area will be given from a holistic view of the business, taking into account profit creation, company law and tax implications. This is achieved by multi disciplinary experience.

Barefoot Accountant:

The term 'Barefoot' originated in the US, it came to represent the concept of the professional going out ‘on the field’ to their clients, in order to fully understand and therefore, better meet their clients' needs, driven above all else by the desire to give excellent service.

The Barefoot Accountant was born of this concept and also promotes the following qualities:

  • Integrity
  • Expansive experience which allows for a holistic view of the business
  • Guaranteed personalised accounting service

Contact Details:

Julia Relihan

Chartered Accountant

45 Townsend Street, Skibbereen, Co. Cork

Tel: 028 48052

Mob: 087 4144304

e-mail: [email protected]


Mon - Fri: 9.00am - 5.30pm

Sat: by apointment

Sun: Closed

Julia Relihan, a Chartered Accountant, has many years experience in accounting. She obtained her BA Honours in Accounting at City University of New York, Baruch. In New York her career saw her working in an investment management firm and public accounting practice. Julia obtained her professional qualification with the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ireland.

She trained in a Big 4 accounting practice - PricewaterhouseCoopers, Dublin. Here, through the audit process, she obtained invaluable exposure through interviewing the top management of multinational organisations and close review and documentation of their transaction processes, local and international financial reporting requirements, and staff management.

Since then Julia has gone on to work for smaller accounting firms specializing in tax, to a second Big 4 practice, to US and European multinationals. She has gained extensive experience in Irish taxation requirements, production of financial statements and process reviews of a wide range of industries, with €2m to €10m in turnover, production of accountant's reports, consolidation of financial statements, and Sarbanes Oxley (controls to prevent fraud and/or error) requirements.

She worked as the financial controller of a European manufacturing multinational with a work force of 69 and c.€74m turnover, where she had sole responsibility for product costing, management reporting, corporate reporting, payroll, capital expenditure analysis, budgeting, planning, KPI recognition, audit co-ordination,WIP and inventory valuation, analysis of financial data, processes, and IT implementation.


Chartered accountants are strictly monitored and have a professional code of ethics. Members are fully insured and are required to comply with extensive continuing professional develpment. Areas of study and CPD are Management Accounting, Taxation, Audit, Strategic planning and information technology. They insist on lenghty study leave, given 3 months study time for the final admittance examination, and along with it's expansive curriculum helps to ensure that the chartered accountant qualification is considered the premium qualification in their field.

This all adds up to a professional who you know is informed and abides by very high ethical standards.