Archive for July, 2010

Ryanair PR moves to Edelman

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Ryanair Plane

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 prompted following a decision by the low fares airline and Murray Consultants to go their separate ways. It was understood that Murrays, which had handled the account for 15 years, were unhappy with the terms of their agreement. Ryanair offered agencies pitching €7,500 a month to handle its account.

Apart from Edelman, other Dublin agencies which tendered were Drury and O’Herlihy Communications. Drury handled Aer Lingus for many years before it moved to WHPR. Edelman boss Mark Cahalane, who himself was formerly with Drury, said he knew that their work in supporting Ryanair will be “challenging and rewarding”.

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Grayling is to look after PR for Dublin’s newest music station, Radio Nova, which launches in September. The agency team, headed by Rachel Sherry and Lisa Carroll, will work to Nova’s chief executive, David Tighe. Nova executives got proposals from other agencies. Unique Media had previously done some work for the station.

By Michael. Filed under PR.

Fáilte Ireland reappoints PR agency

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Failte Ireland Kerry

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 body’s consumer marketing and PR activity.

They will continue to work to John Concannon, director market development and Sheena Doyle, trade marketing executive. Fáilte Ireland has a lakelands and inland waterways cinema campaign with a message encouraging people to ‘staycation’ this year in Ireland. The commercial directs cinemagoers to promotional stands in the cinema lobby, where they can pick up a competition leaflet.

By Michael. Filed under PR.

Hayes tipped to replace Goan

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Conor Hayes

RTE’s chief financial officer Conor Hayes is seen as the front-runner to succeed Cathal Goan as director-general following today’s decision by Goan not to seek an extension to his seven-year term. Hayes, who joined RTE from Ryanair, is regarded as a strong leader with a focused and disciplined management policy.

Other possible contenders for the post include Ed Mulhall, managing director of news and Glen Killane, the former group head of sport who recently replaced Noel Curran as managing director of television. Clare Duignan, who is in charge of radio in Montrose, may also be in the running for the top management job.

Cathal Goan 9

Goan, 56, is a native of Belfast and a UCD graduate. He first joined RTE in 1979 as a radio producer and then became a senior producer. He moved to RTE television in 1988, working in current affairs and arts. In 1990, he became editor of Irish language programming and head of TnaG (now TG4) in 1994.

He was appointed director of television and a member of the RTE executive board in 2000. A year later he was promoted to director-general (DG). RTE will advertise the position of DG in the coming weeks. Goan has agreed to stay in place until the process to select his successor is completed.

By Michael. Filed under Broadcast.

Poll on what changed Ireland

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To mark the 50th anniversary of The Pill, Bayer Healthcare is asking the public to vote on things that have changed Ireland over the last half century. Political, social, legislative, cultural, technological or commercial – have your say and vote for one nomination in each category of the 50 things that have changed Ireland. For every vote submitted, Bayer will donate 50 cent to the Bubblegum Club children’s charity.

To cast your nominations from the list, visit

Photo above shows Archbishop of Dublin John Charles McQuaid and the Catholic Primate Cardinal D’Alton being seen off at Dublin Airport by President de Valera on their way to Rome in 1962. Pic: The Irish Times

By Michael. Filed under Research.

Seoige for ITV breakfast show

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Grainne Seoige

Gráinne Seoige is be the features editor of the new ITV breakfast show, Daybreak, which replaces GMTV when it starts broadcasting from September weekdays between 6am and 8.30am. The show will be fronted by former BBC hosts Adrian Chiles and Christine Bleakley with a team of support presenters.

Seoige’s most recent work in Ireland was presenting the All-Ireland Talent Show on RTE One. Her career began as a news anchor on TG4 and she later held similar roles with TV3 and Sky News for its Irish bulletins.

By Michael. Filed under TV, UK.

Vuvuzelas banned by English clubs

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The vuvuzela plastic horn which created so much debate during the World Cup in South Africa has been banned by six Barclays Premier League clubs in England. Arsenal, Birmingham City, Liverpool, Sunderland, Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham have all said they will not allow fans bring them to games this season.

The vuvuzelas were widely criticised by players and supporters who said the noise sounded like a swarm of bees and affected their concentration and enjoyment of matches. A spokesman for Arsenal FC said that the horns would have the effect of reducing the traditional atmosphere synonymous with the English game.

A spokesman for West Ham United said the vuvuzelas could also pose a health and security problem as the large plastic horn might be used as a weapon by opposing fans intent on causing trouble. Fifa was considering banning the horns but they were persuaded by the host nation that they were part of South African culture.

The new Barclays Premier League season kicks off on Saturday, August 14th.

By Michael. Filed under sport.

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