The Team at Office Assist
Geraldine O’Donoghue – Director
With a great passion and drive and with the dream of one day running her own business, Geraldine set up Office Assist in 2011 along with daughter, Maria. Geraldine’s main focus is in the bookkeeping and Payroll sections of Office Assist. Geraldine liaises with accountants and revenue on behalf of our clients.
Maria O’Donoghue – Director
A native of Charleville, Maria has many years of experience in an office environment, as a receptionist, accounts payable and in a virtual office setting. In 2010 Maria was made redundant, so up-skilled and decided to put these skills to good use and set up Office Assist with business partner and mother Geraldine. Maria’s main focus is the Telephone Answering section of the business. Maria is also responsible for getting new business into Office Assist, this includes Marketing, advertising and updating the website.
Carolyn Kirby – Office Manager
Carolyn is a local hailing from Colemanswell and living in Charleville. She has been a member of the team since February 2014 and has over 9 years of Business Administration experience. Carolyn provides bookkeeping services for various clients along with VAT & RCT returns, and accounts preparation. Within her scope as Office Manager Carolyn is responsible for Monitoring our clients’ bank lodgements. EFT payments made on behalf of our clients to their employees and their creditors. All Relevant Contract Tax (RCT). Her bookkeeping clients are mainly in the construction industry and include builders, engineers, plumbers, electricians and mechanical contractors, and she looks after their Limited Company & Sole Trader VAT returns. She compiles Tenders and raises quotes on behalf of her clients. Carolyn looks after all Debtors calls made on behalf of ourselves and our clients. She also answers calls for our Telephone Answering clients.
Carolyn Cahill – Bookkeeping Supervisor
Carolyn joined the Office Assist team full time in 2016 and since then has completed a number of courses including recently completing an Accounts Technician course. Her role in the office is Accounts Coordinator, where she liases with new clients and assigns them to a member of our team. During the day you will see Carolyn complete tasks on various accounting packages including Big Red Cloud, Sage 50, Sage One, Xero, Practice Evolve, Quickbooks and Surf Accounts. Carolyn oversees all bookkeeping clients and coordinates with the team on a daily basis to complete tasks including; processing sales invoices, purchase invoices, banks, bank reconciliations and reconciling debtor and creditor accounts, liaising with clients to complete and file vat returns on a regular basis. Carolyn is a great asset to our team, her abilities have grown over the years, she is fastidious in what she does and ensures everything is on point and correct.
Joanne Kerins – Payroll Assistant/Assistant Office Manager
Joanne joined the team in 2015, Joanne works closely with Geraldine on Payroll and with Carolyn K as assistant Office manager. She has a number of bookkeeping clients in the Health and Safety Area and also in the retail sector. Joanne looks after the admin work for all our health and safety clients as well as our property maintenance, holiday homes and cattle haulier clients. Joanne also answers the phones for all our Telephone Answering clients. She is proficient in diary managment and office admin.
Cheryl is local to Charleville and started with Office Assist in September 2019. She provides bookkeeping services as well as VAT returns for various clients. She also manages client creditor and debtor payments. Cheryl liaises with her clients customers through phone calls and emails and handles any relevant queries, she also provides telephone answering services and office administration. While she takes her duties very seriously and is diligent in her work, she has a great rapport with her clients with her infectious personality and fantastic sense of humour.
Rita joined us in September 2020. Rita works with us 3 days per week and does trojan work during that time. She has an excellent phone manner and is quick to look after callers’ queries. She is also very thorough with any bookkeeping that is sent her way and her accuracy is top-notch. You know you are in safe hands with Rita.
Sinead is the newest member of the team, joining us in August 2021. She is the first person you will meet with you go to our office as she is our receptionist. She looks after the admin needs of the public and is also the main contact for some of our admin clients. Every day is a different day in Office Assist Reception and Sinead meets it with a laugh and a smile.
Jessica Browne – Apprentice Accounts Technician
Our resident “Mrs Doyle” Jessica loves to make a cuppa and keeps us all topped up. Jessica Joined us straight after her leaving cert in June 2021. As she has a keen interest in bookkeeping, she wanted to gain some experience to see if this is the road for her and we are delighted to say that it is. She has applied for and been accepted into an Accounts Technician Apprenticeship course starting in September 2022 and will be a qualified Accounts Technician in June 2024. Jessica is a valued member of Office Assist, her enthusiasm is infectious and she will and is an excellent asset to our bookkeeping department.
Julieanne McCarthy hails from Buttevant and she is a service user of the St. Josephs Foundation.
Julieanne has been with Office Assist for a very long time. She was with us for two years before Covid and has returned to us since the big reopening of the country. Julieanne’s duties include stamping paperwork and organising it for the bookkeeping department.
She always brings sunshine into the office and we miss her on her days off. Julieanne is very much a valued member of our team.
Seán O’Donoghue – IT/Website Designer
Seán has been with us since the beginning. He is our go-to guy. If we need some IT advice or just need to bounce a question/dilemma off someone then he is our man.