Galway student achieves best in world ranking in accountancy exams

galway daily news student wins best in ireland in accountancy exams
Lucy O’Donoghue receives an award marking her top ACCA result in Ireland. Photo by Chris Bellew / Fennell Photography. student Lucy O’Donoghue from Galway City recently celebrated success in her ACCA (Association of Certified Chartered Accountants) exams, where she achieved first in Ireland and 19th place in the world in the Financial Management exam.

Lucy has completed a Masters in International Management from University of Galway and joined the graduate programme at the Central Bank.

With her interest in the areas of business, finance and strategic management, it was a logical next step to look at studying for ACCA qualifications with

Lucy said that when she was starting out on her ACCA journey, 12 exams felt like a ‘mammoth task’ and at times ‘the road felt never-ending’.

“So, I think the best advice I would give to someone in a similar situation would be not to get bogged down by how far you have to go – take it exam-by-exam and keep chipping away at it. Eventually it will all come together!”

Dave O’Donoghue, Managing Director of, congratulated Lucy on her great results.

“We are delighted to again be celebrating a number of best in Ireland and best in the world results this year,” said Mr O’Donoghue.

“Our students consistently achieve the highest marks both locally and internationally.

“For all of our students, we give them the keys to a hugely rewarding career in accountancy and financial management.  Currently, there is an acute shortage of accountants not just in Ireland but globally and ACCA trainees, affiliates and members are in high demand throughout the world.”