Recruitment with a difference

Whether you are searching for a job or the right candidate to fill a position, at Red Chair Recruitment we aim to develop an open relationship with both candidates that will turn the new job into a career and hiring managers that will turn the new employee into an integral part of your team.
Our approach is balancing professionalism and delivering results with being approachable, positive and fun.

Call us on +353 64 66 22 007 or Email us here

Meet the team

Fred McDonogh

With over 20 years HR & Recruitment experience, Fred McDonogh is a technology recruiter first and foremost. He has lead two of Ireland’s successful recruitment businesses over the last 20 years. After selling his 1st recruitment company, he then opened Red Chair Recruitment in Killarney & Dublin. Red Chair Recruitment is a specialist in delivering great talent across the Technology, Education, Finance, HR, Medical and Sales Markets.


Fred’s reputation as a recruitment expert has been earned over many years placing individuals in challenging roles with precision, absolute discretion and high service levels. He has been a committee member and holds a Fellowship of the National Recruitment Federation for over 6 years. He is also co-founder of the Kerry Expo that has grown year on year to become the largest gathering for businesses in Kerry with over 9K visitors and 125 exhibitors.

Achieving one of his personal goals recently, Fred trekked with one of the world’s most experienced explorers, Mike O’Shea, in Nepal to the dizzy heights of Mount Everest Base Camp and Beyond. Fundraising & helping to open a school in remote Nepal for 600+ children while he was there.

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Tony McPoland

I am proud to be the Co-founder and Executive Chairman of Red Chair Recruitment. I have decades of experience in the elite financial and banking sectors. My experience ensures that Red Chair Recruitment is capable of providing the best services for a competitive fee. Because of my numerous connections in the finance industry, I am able to secure exclusive contracts and supply Ireland’s best candidates.



Adrien King

I am responsible for the international sector at Red Chair Recruitment. I collaborate with clients across the globe and develop valuable and influential links in key territories. This collaboration has given me an important opportunity to continue to learn and grow my skill-set in this fascinating sector.

My work with different cultures has taught me to fully understand my client’s requirements. I actively seek teachers, instructors and lecturers with a natural ability to empower their students and develop their skills to benefit my clients.



Neil Buckley

In my fourth year with Red Chair Recruitment and now my position is the Client Business Manager for Hospitality, Medical & Healthcare, Retail and Sales sectors. It is my responsibility to liaise and develop business relationships with new and existing clients, understand their needs and company objectives/goals and provide the staffing solution that they require for their business.
Working with a resource team to identify potential candidates for our clients, this allows us to effectively source talent and match the criteria of each individual business and recruitment need.


As the Client Business Manager and main contact for these sectors, I am responsible for every stage of the recruitment and on-boarding process for successful candidates. It is my years of Sales and Business Development and the fact that I really enjoy my job that makes me successful at what I do. I pride myself on the service and support that I provide my clients and candidates and if you feel like you would like to see this or experience it for yourself…feel free to get in touch by either calling 064-662-2007 or email me on happy to help however I can.

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Daragh McDonogh

I am the Head of Client Solutions and undertake re-engineering end-to-end processes for new solutions, supporting the roll-out of a service into a new location and performing data analysis on information gathered during a programme.

I am passionate about developing client/supplier communications, managing suppliers and contractors during the course of a transition/migration programme, devising training schedules and supporting the execution of all required training to new teams. It’s the best job in the business and I’m delighted I get to do it with the clients and colleagues we have.


Paul O’Shea

I am a member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (C.I.M.A).

I have spent the past ten years in senior management roles primarily in the hospitality industry. Prior to this I held a number of senior financial positions in both multinational and blue chip companies. These companies ranged in industry from FMCG, Retail and Media.

Over the years, I have become acutely aware of the importance of human resources to any successful organisation.

That is why I am so delighted to be part of the team here at Red Chair where our mission is to match the best candidate with our valued and loyal clients.


Stephen O'Sullivan

I am a dedicated individual with a great focus on the importance of teamwork. Having been lucky enough to have represented my County and Club at numerous levels, I know what it takes to build upon myself and the individuals around me in order to succeed.

Entering the world of recruitment, I have been able to transfer my ethics and knowledge I apply on the pitch to the candidates I encounter in the office, focusing on strategy in order to get people the job that they have been looking for.

Having obtained and secured titles in Kerry, Munster, and all Ireland I have a firm grasp on what makes a great teammate. As a resource, communication is key and here at Red Chair (Official Sponsors of the Kerry Team) I have been given the opportunity to join a group of team players That work hard to find the best opportunities for every one that passes through the door.




Joe Howell

I have explored a lot of the UK and Ireland, experiencing many factions of the working world and earning a degree in performance studies on the way. These experiences have made me a great communicator and given me a passion for meeting people of all walks of life. Choosing recruitment as a path has made this possible on a daily base.


Paying close attention to people’s goals and aspirations, I take great pride in leading people to what they want to achieve in their professional career. I choose to be as freethinking, outgoing and ambitious as possible regarding work, in the hopes that its transfers to the professionals I come in contact with daily, creating strong relationships and a happy work environment.


Having worked in many different industries and know the importance of finding the right job. Joining the team at Red Chair has offered me that, along with the opportunity to use those skills to secure future wellbeing of my candidates and clients alike.




Maura Byrne

Maura Byrne is managing partner of Your Business Smart Coach, a consultancy firm offering Executive Coaching, Leadership Development Training and Psychometrics (Personality Testing). Smart Coach essentially develops people and helps in CV, Presentation, Job Search and Interview Preparation.

Maura works with senior executives on their career transitions through goal alignment and action planning. She provides leadership training to companies developing their talented executives for roles in senior management and on executive boards.



Pa O'Grady

An enthusiastic Marketing Student that is self motivated and goal driven.


Throughout my studies in Cork Institute of Technology I have obtained a vast variety of knowledge and skills in Digital Advertising and Marketing, Social Media Marketing, Marketing Research Methods, Advertising and Promotions and how to bring an advertising campaign to life.

I would consider myself as an optimistic, approachable person that is willing to learn and is capable of working independently or with a team.

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Jennifer Boyle

How many people do you have working for you? Close, you forgot us.

Jennifer Boyle founded and managed her own Data Management Business in Dublin then Kerry. Her experience of process and people management is vast. Having worked with government agencies and private companies on the largest data processing projects in the state she has earned a reputation as an innovative results-driven professional.

In the last four years Jennifer has shared her skill set and experience with other businesses and has worked alongside their teams addressing their day to day challenges with people, processes and future growth. She teaches smart working and techniques, provides a ‘ wingman’ business support service to management and employees and ensures that companies are GDPR, HR, IT compliant. Her experience in running an SME in Ireland for 28 years enables her to share the skillset she has developed and provides a support service to many of Red Chairs’ clients who not only need people but need an independent view and practical solutions to ensure growth and success.

Jennifer can be contacted through Red Chair offices in Killarney on 064 66 22 007

Zack Birdthistle

I come from a strong customer service and management back ground and I always utilize these skills in my every day dealings with clients and candidates.

The diversity and everyday challenges that come with the world of recruitment is what lets me enjoy working with a broad range of markets and some great people, in turn this has led me to have a deep understanding of key market sectors and regions.  I favour a simple approach for my candidates as well: To help obtain the right career move under the right terms.


Cristia Dan

I have been working with Daragh in Red Chair Recruitment for over 2 years now, I have been given the opportunity to finally relocate to Ireland again and have been tasked with managing our resource & training sector. My speciality is building commercial relationships across multiple sites at a national level, and I am excited to accept my new role as Commercial Client Relationship Manager with Red Chair in our office in Dublin, while also maintain a presence in our Kerry & Cork Offices.

Having been in the market for over 20 years I have an in-depth understanding of how to achieve my business/life goals. This experience has given me the resources to greatly help Red Chair Recruitment from their start-up over 2 years ago to where they are now as one of Irelands premier recruitment companies, who’s unique approach to the market is entirely different to their competition.

I love long walks in Killarney National park, I cannot wait to climb Carrauntoohill this year with the team here.



Padraig McAllister

I studied Business Administration and gained my Honours Degree in Cork Institute of Technology, unsure which way to take my career, I decided to travel around South East America for 6 months before I took a 12-month project working within an office in Mid-Kerry. After this contract I was asked to attended an interview in Red Chair Killarney and the rest is history. I was drawn to the world of recruitment, the diverse and challenging environment motivated me and I jumped at the chance to work with the team. I am here on the graduate programme learning a new trade in recruitment.

I am passionate about my work and always use all my strengths to ensure I met the requirements of this industry. I feel with my personal & professional approach, I have what it takes to enable me to help others find  the right career path.


Michael Cotter

A Killarney native I have always strived for my community its rich history and kept a close eye on the incredible locals and local businesses (in between holes at the world-famous Killarney Golf and Fishing Club, of course). Beginning my career spending eight years in Killarney’s lucrative 5* Hospitality industry, I fell in love with the diversity, not only of the great people that make up these establishments but also the fascinating people that were drawn through the doors by Killarney’s global reach.

Having experienced all areas of the hotel, achieving a degree in hospitality Management along the way, I felt my passion fell heavily in the recruitment side of the business. I feel a great sense of pride in watching talented professionals come through the doors and grow withing a business. That why I am delighted to have made the move into the world of recruitment, where I can offer my skills and contacts with the fine hotels in Killarney, Munster and Ireland. Covering the corner of hospitality here at Red Chair, I am delighted to meet with the best people in every area of the trade.


Wanted: Recruitment Consultant

Skills: IT, Sales, Education, Engineering, Human Resource, Financial or Professional Services experience are welcomed. Based: In Killarney, Co Kerry: This is a full time, 9 – 6 permanent vacancy.

We are looking for recruitment/sales professional who can communicate clearly and are results driven. Somebody that wants to make a difference and enjoy a rewarding career…

Our ideal candidate is an experienced sales executive that has 1.5 years’ plus experience in business Business. We employ some very switched on people here at Red Chair and even one who must be the world’s youngest Terence Trent D’Arby fan!! (four people up)