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DFK Internationals 50th Anniversary Celebrations

DFK International celebrated its 50th Anniversary in Paris at the end of last month.

Many of the firms from around the world met in Paris for what by all accounts was a truely amazing celebration of DFK. A record 340 participants and 184 delegates, from Argentina to Vanuatu, were in attendance. The conference ran for a week and was attended by Anne, Natalie and William from our office.

Ken McQuillan

The late Ken McQuillan who founded McQuillan & Co back in 1955 was the first Irish firm to join DFK, which was then called The Hallett Douglass International Group in 1969.

Ken did so much for DFK International that an award was created in his honour. The Kenneth McQuillan Award was established to "recognise outstanding service to DFK" defined in his spirit "as a cheerful willingness to be involved in work and social activities" of DFK.

Ken is fondly remembered by many of the friends and colleagues he made through DFK over the years and his memory and contribution to DFK was recorded in a special DFK International 50th Anniversary Book where he was hailed a "Hero of DFK".
"He served twice as chairman of the DFK International Tax Committee, as DFK budget officer, on the DFK board of directors and executive committee, and as chairman of the DFK Legal Entity Study Group which led to the incorporation of DFK. He is also credited as an architect of the DFK Members' Agreement.

We are assured that when we said that Ken would never be forgotten, it was true. For 35 years, he immersed himself in all things DFK."

What is DFK?

DFK International is one of the world's leading associations of independent accounting firms and business advisers. Its member firms have been providing high quality services to clients for 50 years, combining their local knowledge and global connectivity to provide seamless service delivery on time and at the right price.

The vision of DFK International is to be recognised as the world's leading association of independent accounting and business advisory firms for the quality of service provided to client cross-border interests.

The mission of DFK International is to enable member firms to provide to their clients accounting and business services to the highest professional standards throughout the world in order to meet their clients' international business needs.

Congratulations - Rosemont Educational Foundation

All of us here at Anne Brady McQuillans DFK would like to wish our client Rosemont Educational Foundation Limited, the very best of luck as they move to their new campus this summer. The new school facility is on a green field site of just over 10 acres on the Enniskerry Road, Sandyford, Dublin 18 and it will cater for 300 students.


Over the past 18 months, Rosemont have been busy raising funds for the construction of this new campus and continue to do so.

All are welcome to attend the Open weekend on Saturday 26th May and Sunday 27th May, when Rosemont parents, teachers and students will be on hand to show you around their excellent facilities. The campus is open between 11am and 5pm on both days.

Rosemont Conference and Sports facilities will also be available for rental to local community groups and local businesses.
To learn more about this project visit

This month, Anne Brady McQuillans DFK highlight our clients Bekind (IRL) Ltd

Bekind Ireland has been in existence since late 2007.

Following several visits to India from 2005, Brian Flanagan (Founding Director) decided to set up the charity. Since then the charity has gone from strength to strength.

Brian's inspiration came from his son Shane's experiences in Calcutta in 2004, when Shane went as a volunteer with his school. He was one of 15 students, who went on a student exchange programme. Shane's experiences were to leave a marked impression on him and his fellow students. It was only by going as a volunteer himself with his lifelong friend and now fellow director, Niall Dalton, in 2005, did Brian realise the huge need of the street children of Calcutta.

On January 16th 2012 Bekind Boys' Home (BBH) opened its doors for the first time to 20 vulnerable, underprivileged boys, who are orphaned, abandoned, destitute or living at risk on the streets or in the slums of Calcutta.

The trustees of Bekind Ireland do not recieve any renumeration or expenses for their services. Overheads are minimal, therefore all funds are used for its projects in India.

Below is an inspirational story about a young boy called Manu. Manu is just one of the children who have benefitted from Bekind (IRL) Limited.

Manu Singh

Manu Singh is a 5 year old boy who lived with his parents at the pavements of Rambagan area (one of Kolkata’s red lighted localities). His mother used to work on the street and his father Ramu Singh is a daily labourer, his income was about 1euro per day.

Manu's parents did not take care of him. There is nobody else in the family to take care of the child either. He was neglected throughout. Manu roamed about aimlessly here and there in the streets and he did not go to school. He was suffering from the crisis of food and shelter.

Both the parents did not bother about Manu.

Manu was taken in the BeKind Boys home in January 2012. This home is a protection home for boys like Manu.

Manu is now physically and psychologically keeping well at present. He is very active and also very jolly. He is making new friends and trying to adjust in the new environment.

Manu doing his part
Manu doing his part on Inauguration Day

Manu's story is just one of many of the children which benefit from the love and care from Bekind (IRL).

Since its foundation Bekind has raised more than €300,000 to help the poor in India.

For more information on Bekind (IRL) Limited, or for details on how you can help, please visit

Article in local Telegraph Kolkata

Click the above link to an article about Brian and his work which was featured in the Telegraph Kolkata.
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Any donation to help us help the little ones without a voice would be most welcome. If you wish to contact Brian directly please phone 0872572907 or email 

Our service to you

If you would like us to highlight your business or a special event, please contact Caroline Cassidy at 01 478 6600 or email

Seminar Invite - Improving Efficiency with MS Excel

Seminar Invitation, 29th March 2012 MS Excel - Improving Efficiency

MS Excel is widely used in professional offices, but the question remains if it is being utilised to its full potential. This one hour free seminar aims to outline some essential MS Excel tools that will assist efficiency and accuracy in the workplace.

We invite you and/or your employees to the hour long training session on Thursday 29th March 2012 at 9am in our offices. There is no charge for this seminar.

Examples of some MS Excel topics covered on the day will include;

  • Summary of basic excel tools and shortcuts
  • Financial functions
  • Pivot tables
  • Conditional formatting/Scenario Manager/Goal Seek
  • Headers and footers / basic excel tools and shortcuts
  • Custom views/Filters/Sorting Data
  • Security/Passwords/Protection/Read-Only

Who should attend?

This course is targeted at the day to day user of MS Excel who wishes to broaden their knowlege of the program. It will deal with topics on an intermediate level so basic knowledge is an advantage.

Booking is essential

As we need to confirm numbers in advance of the seminar, I would appreciate if you would provide us with the names of those who will be attending.

Please RSVP by Friday 23rd March to Caroline Cassidy at 01 478 6600 or email