Carrigaline twins David and Aidan O’Connor. Photo: Gerard McCarthy

Accountant times two

Carrigaline twins were among 99 trainees conferred in Cork recently by Chartered Accountants Ireland, the country’s largest professional accountancy body.

Aidan and David O’Connor were conferred in virtual ceremonies last week and join almost 1,000 newly qualified accountants from across the island of Ireland.

Still living in Carrigaline, the twins are both alumni of UCC. Aidan is a graduate of Politics and Economics and David of Commerce.

Having studied accounting in Carrigaline Community School, they embarked on training contracts with Deloitte and PwC respectively upon completion of their degrees.

Both say they chose a career in chartered accountancy for the opportunities it can provide them in any industry, at home or abroad.

Aiden said: “The ceremonies have been a great way to reflect on our journeys to date with Chartered Accountants Ireland. I am excited to see what the future holds.”

David added: “Having gained a great skill set during my training contract, I now feel that I am well prepared for my career.”

The newly admitted members are among the first students to have sat their Final Admitting Exams (FAEs) entirely online, and this week’s conferring ceremonies mark the culmination of over three years of postgraduate education and training.

They bring to over 1,500 the number of new members admitted to the Institute from all 32 counties in 2021.