Meet the Team

Brendan (Barney) Reilly, Director, Head of Financial Planning, passionate about Family, Community & Sport.

Brendan started Eolas Money in 2009 with his friend and colleague Jim and heads up the personal financial planning side of the business. As a former Chairperson and current Board member of Financial Planners Ireland, Brendan is passionate about Financial Planning and the difference it can make to long-term financial outcomes for consumers, and has spent the last 14 years practising what he preaches! 

Brendan is married to Ciara, and with his two daughters now in university has just recently become an empty nester. More time for community and sport!  

Jim Stapleton, Director, Head of SME Financial Planning, Dad, Rugby Referee, Limerick GAA supporter.

Jim is married to Trish and they have two sons, Paddy (7) & Jamie (3) and they live in Garryspillane, Co. Limerick. In between attending underage hurling, football and soccer with the boys, Jim is a rugby referee with Munster Rugby and is a Limerick GAA & Manchester United supporter. Jim leads the delivery of financial planning to our SME clients, advising business owners, their families and the business itself on various financial planning and wealth management strategies to maximise shareholders wealth. 

Jim graduated from Waterford Institute of Technology in 2002 and completed his MSc. in Financial Planning via UCD in 2015.  Jim is a Certified Financial Planner (CFP®) and a member of Financial Planners of Ireland (FPI), the only organisation specifically formed to raise and promote financial planning standards within Ireland.  

Julie Kennedy Fogarty, Head of Operations, Strategist, Optimist.

Joining Eolas Money in 2023 as Head of Operations, Julie holds extensive experience in the banking and financial services sector. Working closely with the Eolas Money Management team, she brings a clarity of thought and strategic direction to the design and delivery of the Eolas Money service offering. She holds a PhD in economics from the University of Limerick. Julie is married to James, and is mum to four busy children that keep her on her toes. She enjoys pilates, baking and fast paced walks listening to some of her favourite music.

Emma Costello, Head of Administration, Multitasker, Idealist.

Joining the Eolas Money team in 2022, Emma heads up administration for Eolas Money. Working closely with both management and clients, she ensures the highest standards of service are delivered daily. Outside work, Emma loves to experiment with food and create new dishes for her two young children. In her time off, Emma enjoys camping around Ireland and a social jive.

Leah Maguire, Trainee Financial Advisor, Sports Enthusiast, Shopaholic.

Joining the Eolas Money team in 2023, Leah is currently a trainee Financial Advisor and is working alongside and learning from our senior financial planners while also undertaking a level 8 BA (Hons) Insurance Practice Degree.  Outside of Eolas Money, Leah plays both camogie and football with her local club. Outside of championship season, Leah likes to take part in CrossFit and has a huge interest in nutrition. She also loves to travel whenever the chance arises!

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