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Cullen steps down from NNI

Frank Cullen is to retire as co-ordinating director for the National Newspapers of Ireland (NNI), the public face of Ireland’s newspaper industry after almost 30 years. The NNI represents 16 national titles, 25 local/regional print titles and their respective online and mobile brands. Cullen (above left), who runs PR company Cullen Communications, said he was […]

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Drury now Drury Porter Novelli

Public relations agency Drury has rebranded as Drury Porter Novelli. Run by Anne-Marie Curran, with particular expertise in corporate, financial, healthcare and public affairs, clients include CRH, Greencore, Paddy Power, Glo Health, InterTrade Ireland, Tourism Ireland, McDonald’s, the Sustainable Energy Authority and KPMG. Michael Carey, Bord Bia chairman and Company of Food founder and executive […]

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Comedy course for PR people

Media training company Mediacontact.ie has launched what is said to be Ireland’s first comedy improvisation course for PR spokespeople. The company’s boss Jack Murray (pictured) said it is not a joke. He is looking for 12 PR people who want to try their hand at comedy. “We think that learning the fine art of stand-up […]

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Bord Bia sees six PR agencies

Bord Bia has invited six agencies to pitch for its consumer PR account. The agencies in question are Drury, Edelman, Elevate, Slattery Communications, WHPR and the incumbent, FTI Consulting. A decision on the awarding of the contract, which may run for up to three years, is expected before Christmas. The food promotion agency published a […]

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Guinness Projects ad debuts tonight

Diageo has announced details of its new Arthur Guinness Projects (AGP) campaign which debuts on RTE 1 at 7.45pm tonight. AGP aims to celebrate the next generation of creative talent in Ireland. Devised by London agency AMV BBDO, the ad was shot in Ireland and showcases AGP applicants from the worlds of food, arts, sport and music; […]

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Subway goes with Pembroke

The Subway sandwich franchise company has appointed Pembroke Communications to handle its public relations in Ireland. Pembroke is being hired to work on consumer, corporate, public affairs and sponsorship activity across its 100-plus store network. Pembroke’s deputy managing director Alan Tyrrell (pictured above) will lead the account with support from Sarah Wagstaff’s consumer team at […]

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Unique goes with media podcast

Broadcasters and Unique Media PR directors Al Dunne and Breda Brown have launched a monthly media podcast. In the podcast Irish media executives give their views on events and trends. This month, radio expert Martin Block talks about the Broadcast Authority of Ireland’s radio licence renewals. PML’s Colum Harmon discusses innovations in outdoor and Garrett […]

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Fleishman-Hillard handles Marker

The launch of Dublin’s newest luxury design hotel, the €130 million Marker, which opens on April 2, is being handled by PR agency Fleishman-Hillard. Operated by Interstate Hotels & Resorts, the 187-bedroom hotel is located on Grand Canal Square. It is owned by Kevin McGillicuddy, head of Brehon Capital and Midwest Holdings, the Spitzer’s US […]

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Sky hands PR to Slatterys

BSkyB has appointed Slattery Communications to handle its public relations work in Ireland following a competitive pitch. The business was previously with Edelman. Slatterys is run by founder Padraig Slattery and has a track record in sports marketing. It counts the Irish Rugby Football Union (IRFU) among its clients. The agency has also worked on […]

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Rothco retains NUI Maynooth

Rothco has held on to the National University of Ireland (NUI) Maynooth following a creative pitch which is understood to have included Bloom and Chemistry. The Londis creative review still remains unresolved. Four agencies are in for the business, namely Cawley NeaTBWA, Javelin, Language and the incumbent, DDFH&B. Cullen Communications has added the Office Depot-Viking […]

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Vodafone engages Weber Shandwick

Mobile phone operator Vodafone has appointed Weber Shandwick to handle its consumer, sponsorship and CSR public relations. The account was previously with Drury, which did not re-pitch for the business. It is not known if Vodafone invited other PR agencies to present as a spokesman was unavailable for comment. Weber Shandwick is the PR division […]

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Pembroke again scores at PR awards

Pembroke Communications has for the second year in a row emerged as the most honoured agency at the PRCA Awards for Excellence in Public Relations. The firm, run by former Dublin footballer Michael O’Keeffe (pictured), again topped the honours by winning four categories, including the consumer award for campaigns with budgets of €12,000 or under. […]

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Londis to check out four agencies

Londis has invited four agencies to pitch for its creative account. Marketing.ie has learned that the independent grocery chain’s marketing manager Ruth Norton is to see presentations from Cawley NeaTBWA, Javelin, Language and the incumbent, DDFH&B-JWT, in the coming weeks. A decision is expected some time in July. Londis recently renewed its sponsorship of TV3’s […]

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