New Role for Tommy Walsh With Election to Council of Irish Tax Institute

Tommy Walsh has been elected to the Council of the Irish Tax Institute. As head of taxation at CDS Law & Tax LLP, he’s playing a more central role for his firm after his election to the I.T.I. Always known as ‘a safe pair of hands’ in his playing days, Tommy is seen here in the jersey of his club, Kerins O’Rahillys. Photograph: John Reidy 9-6-2007
Always part of a team: Tommy Walsh, back row second from left, with the Kerins O’Rahilly’s U-12 football team pictured before their Tralee Town League game with Austin Stacks in September 1999. Front (sitting) David McLoughlin with from left: Stephen Moriarty, Ronan Moriarty, Mark Enright, Kevin O’Shea, Shane Murphy, Ricky Murphy, Barry John Walsh and Mark O’Sullivan. Back from left: David Moran, Tommy Walsh, Kieran Morris, Ger Tobin, Gavin Duffy, Paul Dennehy, Louis Quinlan, Wayne Gutherie and Rory Griffin. ©Photograph: John Reidy 9-9-1999

Tommy Walsh may have put his Kerry jersey away, but the head of taxation at CDS Law & Tax LLP is playing a more central role for his firm after being elected to the Council of the Irish Tax Institute.

The All-Ireland Senior Football winner will serve on the Council which oversees the strategic governance of the leading representative body for Ireland’s Chartered Tax Advisors.

Tommy Walsh, who operates from the CDS Law & Tax Office in his native Tralee, confirmed that he was elected to the Council of the Irish Tax Institute in June and took up the appointment in September.

Representation on The Council

“It’s great for the firm to have some representation on the council in County Kerry. My involvement on the council will provide me with an opportunity to be involved in the strategic direction and governance of the Institute and provide a forum for local lawyers, accountants and tax professionals to make representations through me,” said Tommy.

Through my involvement on various committees, the make-up of which will be determined in the coming weeks, I expect to work closely with other council members by discussing matters that we’re seeing and experiencing within the industry. I’m very much looking forward to my tenure with the council,” he said.

Private and Corporate Clients

Since joining CDS Law & Tax in 2018, Tommy has provided a range of tax compliance and consultancy services to both private and corporate clients in Kerry, Cork and nationwide.

Jennifer Downing, Partner at CDS Law & Tax LLP and a proud Kerry woman from Kenmare, said that Tommy’s sporting prowess and proven business acumen mean he is a fantastic asset to the CDS Law & Tax team, and will be ideally positioned to bring a focused and fresh perspective to the Council of the Irish Tax Institute.

“He represents the modern face of taxation consultancy having built a wide range of practical experience across multinational groups, Irish SMEs, and sole-trader businesses. We congratulate Tommy on his well-deserved success,” said Ms. Downing.

Construction and Management

Tommy Walsh is an AITI Chartered Tax Advisor and his undergraduate qualification is in Construction and Management which he has used as a grounding to develop his tax career. Whilst playing professional football in Australia he strengthened his knowledge by gaining further university qualifications in commerce.

Retirement from Inter-County Football

He announced his retirement from inter-county football with Kerry last month and he said he is looking forward to developing the potential for CDS Law & Tax to deliver a quality service to businesses in the Kerry/Cork region.

“By retiring from inter-county football, it obviously gives me a bit more time from week to week. “We’ve recently opened a CDS Law & Tax office in Denny Street, Tralee and I will have more time to drive that.

“There’s a lot of business in Kerry, probably unbeknownst to people, so I think we can provide that market with a really good quality service.

“We’re a one-stop-shop: you come in for your commercial activities and we’ve a taxation side of the house as well.

Exciting Time for The Firm

“We’re hoping to expand all over Kerry and having our base in Tralee and the quality of personnel that we have here, makes it an exciting time for the firm.

“I decided to retire from inter-county football because of age predominantly I suppose. Unfortunately your body starts to creak a bit when you go past 30, but I have had a very enjoyable career. I was in and out of the Kerry scene obviously and I enjoyed my stints in there. There were many highs and lows but I just felt that it was my time.”

Tommy Walsh may be contacted at the CDS Law & Tax LLP Office, 4 Denny Street, Tralee, Co. Kerry. Email or phone 066 716 9033. For more information, visit:

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