About us

moneysherpa was created by Irish financial and media professionals frustrated at the lack of good quality personal finance guidance available for the Irish consumer.

Welcome! My name is Mark Coan and I’ve spent almost twenty years in the Irish finance and media industry.

When it came to planning my own finances however, I was surprised at how hard it was to get good quality information about the personal finance products available in the Irish market.

This prompted me to delve a little deeper into the world of personal finance. 



That’s when I realised the significant impact the differences in charges, fees and features have on your financial outcomes.

In Ireland almost all the information available about these products is from the providers themselves, advisors incentivised to push particular services or has to be paid for.

During my research it became crystal clear I was not alone in needing free, straightforward, unbiased and comprehensive personal finance information.

In fact according to a Central Bank of Ireland report 61% of Irish consumers believe that the personal finance advice they receive is based on the incentives the advisor receives, not their best interests.

As a qualified finance professional and business veteran who recently led one of Ireland’s largest consumer banking operations, we’ve created a team to provide the straightforward, independent and comprehensive personal finance guidance Ireland needs.

All the content we will publish on this site has been written or overseen by a qualified financial advisor in the relevant field.

Our independent product reviews, guides and tools cover all the main providers in the Irish market. We do not carry advertising, companies can’t pay to feature on our service or rank higher in our comparison tables. We may receive a commission from a provider when you select one of our recommendations, but this simply allows us to provide the service for free and doesn’t change our content in any way.

In founding moneysherpa, I’ve put together all the guidance I couldn’t find when I was planning my own finances. I hope this service will help Irish consumers make smarter money choices and get on the right path to reaching the summit of their own financial Everest.

Mark Coan (CBD, LIB)

Our team

At moneysherpa we’ve created a crack team of financial experts to help you climb to your financial goals. Whether that’s retiring to a yacht in the Bahamas or saving for a weekend away in Bundoran we’re who you should turn to first. 

Dr. Joe Connolly (PhD) – CTO

Joe Headshot 4 1Joe is the architect of our tech stack which powers our customer tools. He is also the co-founder of Bizgraph a leading business planning software firm. With over twenty years as chief data scientist and software architect for leading multi-nationals, Joe makes sure our tech works hard for our customers

Daire McConnon (QFA) – Mortgage Sherpa

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Daire is a fully qualified mortgage advisor, he also plays County for Louth in his spare time, but we reckon he prefers the mortgages. He previously held mortgage advisory roles with PTSB and Which Mortgages. 

He is a key member of the moneysherpa team working with our customers to help them get the best result every day. 

You can get in touch with Daire at [email protected] or on (085) 264 2405

Petrina Malcolm (QFA) – Customer Sherpa

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Petrina is an experienced fully qualified mortgage advisor and proud mum. She previously held mortgage advisory and customer facing roles with PTSB. 

Petrina gets a kick every day from helping our customers.

You can get in touch with Petrina at [email protected] or on (085) 264 2406

Kinga Starostka (QFA) – Customer Sherpa

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Kinga hails from Cavan, is an experienced fully qualified mortgage advisor and passionate fund raiser for Ukrainian refugees. She previously held mortgage advisory roles with Cornmarket and Bank of Ireland. 

You can get in touch with Kinga at [email protected] or on (089) 206 7280

Gavin O’Callaghan (QFA) – Customer Sherpa

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Gavin hails from north Dublin, is a proud dad and has bags of experience working with lenders. He was in fact a mortgage manager at PTSB for over a decade, managing peoples mortgage, soup to nuts.


His real passion (apart from rap music) though is working with customers , that’s what he does every day at moneysherpa, helping our customers get the best possible outcomes all day everyday. You can get in touch with Gavin at [email protected] or on (085) 264 2406


Niki Ellis (QFA) – Financial Support Agent

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Niki, is a proud mum and has been in banking and finance roles for years. She worked for both Ulster Bank and Pay Pal, helping customers.
At moneysherpa Niki looks after our completions team, working with lenders and solicitors to get customers mortgages as quickly and painlessly as possible.
You can get in touch with Niki at [email protected] or on (089) 201 8237

What to do now?

If you’re here it means you are looking for the information or support in your personal finance journey.

The good news is, we have you covered, so you can either:

We hope you find our tools, guides and top picks super useful. We worked hard to pull it all together, and if you have any suggestions to make this site better, we’d love to hear them!

You can also check out out disclaimer and privacy policy.

The moneysherpa team


This Project was supported by the Local Enterprise Office Louth through co-funding from the Irish Government and the European Regional Development Fund 2014-2020. The project contributes to the SME support, promotion and capability development theme of the ERDF co-funded programme. 

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Suzanne Powell
Suzanne Powell
Lovely to deal with. Sound, honest, unbiased advice with no pressure. They'll tell you what is genuinely best for you. Would highly recommend.
Lee Palmer
Lee Palmer
Great service. Highly recommended. Couldn't speak more highly of Gavin and team for making the whole experience as seamless as possible. Thanks all who were involved.
Eve Quigley
Eve Quigley
Cost of living challenges, seeing prices increase daily on everything from utilities, basic essentials and services made me re-evaluate my outgoings and where savings could be had. That included my mortgage, every article I read recommended reaching out to a mortgage expert. I have no regrets in contacting Moneysherpa, I contacted three experts and only they responded. Having delved into the world of mortgages, done my own research I knew my best option would be to stay with my present provider and fix my rate, they concurred and by doing so ultimately wouldn't have made a financial gain on my ask but were still willing to share their invaluable expertise with me and that counts for a lot. They were professional, knowledgeable and offered me sound advice. I have since recommended to family/friends. Thank you Nikki and your team, I appreciate your time and words of wisdom. Best wishes to you and your company.
David O'Shea
David O'Shea
Daire and the team helped me with a recent mortgage switch. Fantastic service from my first call with Daire through to completion. If you are thinking about switching mortgage then the first thing you should do is contact these guys. I am so glad I did!!
Julie Gleeson
Julie Gleeson
I was delighted with the service I received from the moneysherpa team. So efficient, friendly and on point with everything. Highly recommended them.
James Grace
James Grace
I used Moneysherpa when switching my mortgage provider at the end of 2022. Petrina was very helpful when detailing the different options available and working through the process. The online platform for uploading all the various documentation is very user friendly and clearly lists out what is uploaded and still outstanding. Louise then took over for the drawdown stage and answered any questions we had. I would definitely recommend Petrina and the team to anyone planning on switching their mortgage.
Gary Meade
Gary Meade
Great to see a “modern” mortgage service in Ireland. Everyone knows a mortgage application can be extremely time consuming and document heavy but with everything being “online” made such a difference. Highly recommend Petrina from discussing our options from the outset and any curve balls that came our way during the process. Damian (jacobs law) and Niki in Money Sherpa. Highly recommend. Thanks everyone
Dara Gannon
Dara Gannon
Had a very informative consultation with Kinga who answered all our questions and gave us sound and impartial advice. Top class service. Thanks!
Brian Carpenter
Brian Carpenter
Great service...a pleasure to deal with & very prompt with responses to any queries. Would recommend to anyone.
Edwin Nienhuis
Edwin Nienhuis
Very good service by the MoneySherpa team in helping us switch our mortgage earlier in the year. First an introduction call, explaining the service and next steps in detail followed by the creation of a personalised portal where you can upload all your documents and track the mortgage application process.

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