• Type: Press release
  • Date: 15/02/2013

Tax Medal Awarded in Memory of KPMG Belfast Tax Partner 

Two years after the tragic plane crash at Cork Airport, the memory of one of Northern Ireland’s leading tax practitioners was honoured on 14th February by the awarding of the inaugural Chartered Institute of Taxation’s ‘KPMG Pat Cullinan Memorial Medal’.

The winner is Claire Starkey, a Tax Adviser at BDO, who achieved the highest mark of all Northern Ireland candidates in the Chartered Institute of Tax Final Exams in 2012.


Pat Cullinan, a native of Co. Tyrone and a tax partner with accountancy firm KPMG in Belfast, was killed in the tragic air accident which also claimed five other lives at Cork Airport on 10 February 2011.


Speaking at the presentation of the award at KPMG’s Belfast office, Eamonn Donaghy, Head of Tax at KPMG Belfast said “Pat is very much missed by his colleagues.  He was the consummate professional – focused on his work to ensure he provided the highest standard of service to his clients but always willing to take the time to provide advice and assistance to his colleagues.  This award is a very fitting tribute to his memory and a great testimony to the standard of tax advisers who practice in Northern Ireland”.


Patrick Stevens, President of the Chartered Institute of Taxation added, “The Pat Cullinan Memorial Medal rewards hard work, dedication and excellence – all values demonstrated by Pat during his career.  We are honoured to dedicate this medal to the memory of Pat”.


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Pictured l-r: Eamonn Donaghy, Head of Tax, KPMG Belfast; Terence O’Rourke, Managing Partner, KPMG; Claire Starkey, Winner of the ‘KPMG Pat Cullinan Memorial Medal’; Shaun Murphy, incoming Managing Partner and Head of Tax and Legal Services, KPMG.

Notes to Editor

Pat Cullinan was from Plumbridge, Co Tyrone. Pat joined KPMG’s Belfast Office in 1989 and qualified as both a Chartered Accountant and a Chartered Tax Adviser. He later worked in London for several years and re-joined KPMG Ireland in 2002. Pat worked in Belfast and Dublin and was elected Partner in 2005.

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