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Keane and Murphy join PR board

Michael Keane, founding partner, Insight Consultants and Sharon Murphy, director, WHPR, have been elected to the Public Relations Consultants Association (PRCA) board. The PRCA is the trade association of PR consultants in Ireland. Around 1,500 people work in communications roles, 600 in consultancies. Turnover among PRCA member firms is now estimated at €40 million a […]

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Award wins see Pembroke Communications join PR elite

Pembroke Communications scored points on its more established PR rivals by emerging as the top agency at the Awards for Excellence in Public Relations 2011. The firm, run by Michael O’Keeffe, won four trophies, including two best consumer campaigns, the €12,000 or under award for the Virginia Smashing Pumpkins festival in Cavan and Dublin Zoo’s […]

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Grayling wins Allianz Worldwide Care

The Dublin office of public relations agency Grayling has been appointed by Allianz Worldwide Care (AWC) to co-ordinate its European programme with a particular focus on markets in the UK, France, Holland and Switzerland. AWC is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Allianz Group, which provides international health insurance for employees, individuals and their dependents, regardless of […]

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Kelly steps down as US envoy

Former journalist and PR executive Declan Kelly has resigned as US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s special economic envoy to Northern Ireland to pursue commercial interests after almost two years in the job. Kelly worked alongside Invest NI and senior politicians in Belfast to bring US investment to the North. Tributes were paid to him […]

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€10,000 PR campaign giveaway

To celebrate its tenth anniversary, Elevate is offering a PR campaign worth €10,000 to an SME or NGO with less than 50 staff. The PR agency was launched by Emma Kelly, pictured, who had previously worked with Bill O’Herlihy and as a freelancer. Elevate clients include Bord na Mona, Curves, Carzone.ie, The Curragh, Dublin Contemporary, ebookers, Edward […]

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Specsavers hires WHPR

Wilson Hartnell Public Relations (WHPR) has added the Specsavers account after a five-way contest. Neither WHPR nor the optician would disclose the other agencies which pitched. Director Lorraine Dwyer will head up the account team. WHPR’s other clients include Diageo, Unilever, Aer Lingus, Marks & Spencer and Adidas. The Specsavers spoof of the Lynx Billions TV […]

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Ryanair PR moves to Edelman

Ryanair has appointed Edelman to handle its PR in Ireland and the UK after a competitive pitch. In a joint statement issued by Stephen McNamara of Ryanair and Edelman’s corporate affairs director, Joe Carmody, it was said that over 30 agencies presented for the business. The contract starts from August 1st 2010. The review was […]

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Fáilte Ireland reappoints PR agency

After a competitive national tender process, the DDFH&B-owned agency BespokewithDirection has been retained on the Fáilte Ireland consumer PR account. Slattery Communications was the other agency in the final reckoning. The account is now under consumer marketing and as such the agency will continue to be the agency of record for all of the tourism […]

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Ryanair and Murrays part company

Ryanair has ended its relationship with PR firm Murray Consultants on an “amicable and mutually agreed basis”.  Murrays has handed the low fares airline since before its stock exchange flotation in 1997. A tender process is now underway to find a replacement agency to handle the business in Ireland and the UK. In a statement […]

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Duffy in tie-in with Cork agency

Gavin Duffy, media training coach, entrepreneur and part of the Dragons’ Den panel of judges on RTE 1 Television, is to work with Cork agency H+A Marketing+PR. Duffy will provide media training sessions for the agency’s client base in Munster, along with any new clients which want stand-alone media training. Aideen McGrath, director, H+A Marketing+PR, […]

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WHPR to sponsor world conference

Wilson Hartnell Public Relations (WHPR) is to sponsor the second annual World Non-Profit & Social Marketing conference in Dublin next April. The seminar will bring together experts in social marketing, the behavioural sciences, health promotion, community engagement, policy development and advocacy. As well as keynotes speakers, the event will see workshops, poster sessions and an […]

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It's Arthur's day at PR Awards

Arthur’s Day, the celebrations to mark 250 years of the Guinness brewery in Dublin, has won the supreme prize at this year’s Awards for Excellence in PR presented at a lunch in the Conrad Hotel yesterday. WHPR and a team headed by Sharon Murphy accepted the honour from the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Micheál Martin. […]

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Ocean boss keen to acquire

Doug Baxter, founder of Interactive Ocean (IO) and Ocean PR, has said that he is actively looking at acquiring other marcom companies in a bid to broaden the business further. The IO group recently acquired Providence PR, an agency specialising in charities and consumer accounts. Providence clients included Norma Smurfit’s Irish Famine Commemoration Fund, Niall […]

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