A series of press ads for a documentary about the Easter Rising on TG4 has been chosen as the NNI Press Ad of the Year at an industry dinner in the Four Seasons hotel. ‘Seven Signatures’ by Publicis QMP shows the seven ‘ordinary’ rebels who were executed by the British for signing the 1916 Proclamation.
The 43 winning ads were judged by Julian Borra of Team Saatchi in London. Borrra said the TG4 campaign “stopped me in my tracks”. NNI chairman Paul Cooke of Independent Star said it was ironic that a TV channel should win the top press ad but he added that ‘Seven Signatures’ was fully deserving of the award.
NNI Press Ad of the Year award winners John Kilkenny and Des Creedon of Publicis QMP
Cooke singled out the photography by Jim Fiscus as superb. The Publicis QMP team comprised copywriter Des Creedon and art director John Kilkenny. Mark Delany at MediaVest handled the planning. TG4 and Publicis QMP shared the best art direction award for Beamish & Crawford’s ‘Ship’. Copywriter Ronan Nulty and art director Ger Roe were the team.
O&M won awards for the ISPCC’s ‘Bloomsday’ and the National Gallery of Ireland’s Gabriel Metsu Exhibition’. Bloom won the local and regional award for Fujifilm ‘Lost Laptop’. Mario Rosenstock from Today FM’s Gift Grub provided entertainment for the 350 guests by mimicking new Taoiseach Enda Kenny.