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P. Cahill & Company opened its doors on Pearse street, Ballina Co. Mayo near the old Moy hotel in 1977 and Padraic's very first employee from that year is still with the firm today.

P. Cahill & Company's first permanent premises was at Walsh Street in Bal­lina. The firm was a pioneer in the use of technology in accounting, introducing computerized accounts production in early 1980.

Our reputation as auditors has been hard-earned. I am proud of the effort by all our staff in achieving it...

Padraic Cahill



After a period of consolidation the firm began to expand rapidly with the addition of Pauric Trautt to the staff.

Pauric's drive and initiative brought a new impetus to the firm and his already extensive client portfolio necessitated more staff hires and a larger premises. Shortly after making the move to Pound Street, P. Cahill & Company became Cahill Trautt & Co.

The new partnership continued to go from strength to strength. Peter Dooley was hired to help manage an increasingly large and var­ied client base, a staff that currently stands at fifteen including six qualified accountants . The partnership registered as a student Training Firm with Chartered Accountants Ireland in 2020.

Pauric Trautt's drive and initiative brought a new impetus to the firm ...

Once again the company found itself in a situation where it had outgrown its current premises.

Present Day

In 2009 Cahill Trautt & Co. made the short move from Pound Street to a new premises on the sec­ond floor of the newly rebuilt
Shaws building on Gar­den Street.

The new build­ing is con­structed to the high­est com­mer­cial stan­dards — fea­tur­ing air con­di­tioned offices, full wheelchair accessibility, 24 hour secure under­ground car-park­ing, 15 separate offices, a boardroom and a recreation area for staff.

From its humble beginnings, the firm has now estab­lished itself in a first rate premises that offers the kind of com­fort, facilities and pri­vacy that our staff and clients deserve.


Cahill Trautt cur­rently employ fifteen staff including six fully qualified accountants but
we are always on the lookout for fresh recruits!

If you are an audit or tax accountant or possess other technical skills related to book-keeping, data-science or programming please email us with the subject "Careers" and a short message stating your preferred position.

Meet the Team



Padraic Cahill is the Founder Part­ner of Cahill Trautt & Co. He has over­all respon­si­bil­ity for the firm’s
tax services.

Padraic has exten­sive expe­ri­ence in tax plan­ning, audit­ing, and nego­ti­a­tions with Rev­enue Offi­cials in every sec­tor
of enter­prise, pub­lic and private.

Having graduated from Uni­ver­sity Col­lege Dublin with a Commerce degree, Padraic began his career with the Smyth Motor
Group in Dublin. He spent many years work­ing in indus­try and prac­tice in Dublin and Cavan before join­ing J.J. Bourke
& Co. Chartered Accountants in Bal­lina.

Padraic founded the present firm in 1977 in Ballina where he and his fam­ily live.



Orig­i­nally from Long­ford, Pau­ric Trautt joined the prac­tice in 1998 and became a part­ner in 2003. Pau­ric has over­all respon­si­bil­ity for the firm’s Audit and Advi­sory func­tion focus­ing on qual­ity and reg­u­la­tory mat­ters.

Pau­ric qual­i­fied as a Char­tered Accoun­tant in 1994 and com­pleted his train­ing with McD­wyer Lennon & Co., a medium sized prac­tice in Cavan town. Pau­ric then gained expe­ri­ence in indus­try, work­ing with Cavan Crys­tal before finally mov­ing to Bal­lina in 1998.

Pau­ric also has a broad prac­tice expe­ri­ence with par­tic­u­lar expo­sure to the Hotel and Ser­vice sec­tors, as well as the Creche and Nurs­ing Home sec­tors. Pauric’s focus is to grow the prac­tice while ensur­ing that all of its clients receive the high­est stan­dard of ser­vice. He is actively involved in local char­i­ties, includ­ing the Bal­lina Lions club.

Pau­ric and his fam­ily are cur­rently liv­ing in Killala.


B.Comm FCA

Orig­i­nally from Laois, Peter trained with Lewis & Co. in Balls­bridge, qual­if­ing in May 1999. He joined Cahill Trautt in August 2002.

Peter’s client port­fo­lio includes sole traders, solic­i­tors, pri­vate lim­ited com­pa­nies and char­i­ties. He has exten­sive expe­ri­ence in audit, tax­a­tion, busi­ness acqui­si­tion and cor­po­rate finance.

Peter is a keen hurler and in his spare time he trains the under-age Ballina teams. Cahill Trautt & Co. is the proud sponsor of the Ballina James Stephens hurling club.



Lisa trained with Gilroy Gannon Chartered Accountants, a medium sized practice in Sligo, qualifying as a Chartered accountant in 2011.

Lisa gained post qualification experience with Gilroy Gannon as Audit Senior and in 2014 moved back to Mayo where she gained industry experience as a Financial Accountant with Allergen Pharmaceuticals Ireland. She joined Cahill Trautt in March 2017.


Michael Kenny

Michael Kenny graduated from IT Sligo with an honours degree in Business (Accounting). He qualified as an ACCA Chartered Certified Accountant and was admitted to membership in 2013. Michael joined Cahill Trautt in August 2017.

Michael is an audit senior and personal tax accountant with Cahill & Trautt Accountants Limited. He is involved with agricultural groups and in particular, he has acted as Chairperson of Sligo Macra. He provides senior audit support to the firm, and, as an active farmer, can also draw on his extensive practical experience in providing taxation support to our farm clients. Michael is a serving committee member of the ACCA Connacht members network.



Originally from Tyrone, Tracey qualified as a CPA accountant in 2021 and is also a member of the Irish Institute of Pensions Management.

Tracey joined Cahill Trautt in February 2011 and her client portfolio includes sole traders and private limited companies across a broad range of sectors.

Tracey and her family live locally in Knockmore, Co. Mayo.

General Questions

Why do I need an accountant?

Isn’t it just larger businesses that need an accountant?
Of course not, even the smallest business can benefit from advice on ways to minimise tax and manage their accounts. If you prefer, we can handle all of your bookkeeping, regular management accounts and VAT returns on your behalf. The added benefit of us being involved is that having prepared the books it makes the final accounts much easier, saving time and keeping costs down.


Is it expensive to use an accountant?

Working with an accountant is an added cost to any business. However, the cost should be offset by the value they add. We work closely with our clients to achieve their goals. By getting to know you and your business well, we can tailor what we do specifically for your needs and your strategy, thereby adding value.


How do you charge?

We aim to provide you with a fixed fee quote that will cover the areas we will work on together. This will be based on the complexity and volume of the tasks involved. Should any additional assignments come up during the year then we will provide a quote in advance, unless the matter is urgent and it is in your best interests to take action on your behalf. We offer you the chance to pay our fees monthly and avoid having a large invoice in one go, which helps your cashflow. One thing is for sure, if you telephone with a query you won’t get a bill. We want you to let us know how you are.

Can I maintain my own accounting records?

If you want to keep your own accounting records, then that is fine. If you need some help then we can give you some training. Ensuring that you understand the best way to prepare your accounting information makes it easier for us to complete your accounts or tax return. If we do this for you then you can concentrate on running your business.


I've been up and running for a couple of years. How can you help me?

Sometimes it helps to have a fresh pair of eyes look at your business. We will listen to you and firstly understand the history of the business and then how you want to develop it. We can carry out a “healthcheck” of the operating systems, management and financial reporting in place; advise on any matters arising and recommend any actions required. All designed to match up with your goals, which we established at the outset.