Why Work With a PR Mentor?

Public relations is among the many fields in which classroom knowledge can only take you so far. Internships are an important tool for getting the feel of the daily routine of a PR professional, but a mentor is what separates a new professional from the pack. 

This knowledge is not simply how to craft the perfect press release or pitch a reporter, but how to conduct myself as a professional and the importance of being an eternal student of the trade.

You can spot a PR newbie from a mile away. We can all remember being there. We can all remember the one PR pro who took the time to stop what they were doing, take us under his or her wing, and teach us what we needed to know to become a successful practitioner.

Being a mentor is about passing down knowledge and wisdom through the generations.

Remember that someone helped you get started in your career. It is important to share your experience and time to help shape and mold the next generation of PR professionals. By investing time in their growth, we are continuing to develop the trade and instilling in them the values and skills needed to be a “good” PR pro.

A mentor can help a newbie learn acquired skills, which sometimes take years to develop. The mentor/mentee relationship provides the newbie exposure to skills beyond the textbook teaching to help that person fast track his or her career with advanced skills that will separate them from the piles of résumé for a job.

What a mentee can learn from a mentor is only as good as the quality of the relationship. The recipe to be a good mentor is to be available, invested, open and honest, and to provide access to foster the network of your mentee.

Tips:

– Remain calm under pressure !

– Small things do matter so take the extra time to make sure the document is formatted perfectly, that you have double checked your facts, and that you said thank you.

– Listen to what the editor or producer is telling you. Even though they may be saying no to a particular pitch, they may be giving you clues as to what they are looking for.  

– Build relationships, not contacts.

– Respond quickly, be polite and above all keep to the message. 

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Launch of Literary & Visual Programme Clifden Arts Festival 2019

Launch Literary & Visual Programme 

For immediate release

In what will be its 42nd festival, Clifden Arts Festival is set to return with a host of theatre, opera, dance, music and artistic delights.

Ireland’s finest creative talent at home and abroad join forces to inspire new audiences to ‘think differently’ about the role of art beyond the everyday.

Oscar-nominated writer Colum McCann will lead a stellar line-up of some of Ireland’s leading artists and writers celebrating Clifden Arts Festival 2019 by breaking down barriers and challenging brand new audiences to truly connect with art for the first time.

Reach out to those who typically feel excluded from the world of arts and culture; Ireland’s longest running festival will celebrate the country’s incredible cultural and artistic tapestry with a series of awe-inspiring exhibitions and talks. While highlighting the enduring success of Ireland’s most respected artists across the globe, the festival will remove cultural, price and physical barriers to attract new audiences to diverse tastes and cultures. 

Colum McCann , internationally bestselling author of over three critically acclaimed short story collections and novels such as TransAtlantic and Let the Great World Spin, will join many more literary legends such as Moya Cannon and Thomas McCarthy to discuss their most beloved works. Colum’s short film Everything in this Country Must was nominated for an Academy Award Oscar in 2005, in addition to achieving many more national and international awards throughout his outstanding career. 

Continuing this eclectic festival’s long tradition of compelling connections and interesting conversation, Michael Longley and Bernard O’Donaghue will captivate all ages with insightful poetry readings; with the superb musical backdrop of Brian Holmes on Banjo and Danny hunter on fiddle. Sinead Moriarty, one of the most respected names in contemporary Irish writing , will join renowned authors such as Mike McCormack to capture the imagination with enthralling talks and readings not to be missed.

Multi-award winning artist Martin Mooney will present an all-absorbing solo-exhibition of his works; consisting of powerful rural landscapes and floral still life paintings. Among the gold-standard accolades he has received throughout his 40 year career are the Richard Ford Award from the Royal Academy in 1985 and the George Campbell memorial grant in 1987.

Artist Dennis Mammalis will present ‘Connemara in Colour’ ; a unique exhibition of works that represent her “emotional response to twenty years of observing the landscape and the ever changing light of Connemara.” While Ben Crow will also be presenting ‘Connemara in Colour’ in the form of a stunning glass collection that portrays the warm, sunset colours and verdant greens that characterise the stunning Connemara landscape.

Internationally renowned Irish architect Sheila O’Donnell will join John Tuomey to discuss some of the practical and poetical aspects of their fascinating architectural projects.

RTÉ stars David McCullagh and Martina Fitzgerald will chart some of the key moments across their illustrious careers, while Tommie Gorman will host an in-depth discussion with  former Deputy leader of the SDLP Seamus Mallon to discuss his turbulent years as a constitutional politician and his central role in the peace process. 

Inspiring the young, budding creative talents of the future; a host of experts from the world of animation, dance, theatre, poetry and singing will share their wealth of expertise and experience with the next generation as part of a range of interactive workshops and talks running in local schools throughout the festival.

Clifden Arts Festival will take place from September 18-29 in Clifden, Connemara. Marking 42 years at the centre of Clifden; this jam-packed festival connects some of the world’s most talented artists as they showcase their work within the magnificent surroundings of the West of Ireland.

For more information about the festival; see the official website:  https://www.clifdenartsfestival.ie/ and follow Clifden Arts Festival on Facebook (clifdenartsfestival), Twitter (@clifdenarts) or Instagram (clifdenartsfest).

To view full programme https://www.clifdenartsfestival.ie/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/Clifden-Arts-Brochure-2019-WEB.pdfFor additional information and for images please contact: 
PR Pam – 091 79 25 26 or 087 9004145 or email hello@prpam.ie

RTE MOJO Journalist Launches Clifden Arts Festival 2019

Pictured launching the 2019 Programme for the 42nd Clifden Arts Festival ( September 18th - 29th ) is L-R; MOJO
Journalist Eleanor Mannion of RTE, and past student of Clifden Community School,  alongside children from Clifden - Emily Snow, Aoibhin & Evan O Malley. Leading the lift-off this year are some of the country’s loftiest creative talents. Paul Noonan, lynchpin of national treasures Bell X1,  legendary composer Bill Whelan and alt-trad maestro Colm Mac Con Iomaire combine with special guests for what will be a magical evening. The West also welcomes back Olivier Award-winning dramatist Pat Kinevane with his “extraordinary” new play Before. Local legend and recent Aosdána inductee Margaret Irwin West will be the subject of a 50-year retrospective, and award-winning architect Sheila O’Donnell brings her refined watercolour studies to the town. RTÉ stars David McCullagh and Martina Fitzgerald will chart some of the key moments across their illustrious careers, while Tommie Gorman will host an in-depth discussion with  former Deputy leader of the SDLP Seamus Mallon to discuss his turbulent years as a constitutional politician and his central role in the peace proces
Pictured launching the 2019 Programme for the 42nd Clifden Arts Festival ( September 18th – 29th ) is L-R; MOJO
Journalist Eleanor Mannion of RTE, and past student of Clifden Community School,  alongside children from Clifden – Emily Snow, Aoibhin & Evan O Malley. Leading the lift-off this year are some of the country’s loftiest creative talents. Paul Noonan, lynchpin of national treasures Bell X1,  legendary composer Bill Whelan and alt-trad maestro Colm Mac Con Iomaire combine with special guests for what will be a magical evening. The West also welcomes back Olivier Award-winning dramatist Pat Kinevane with his “extraordinary” new play Before. Local legend and recent Aosdána inductee Margaret Irwin West will be the subject of a 50-year retrospective, and award-winning architect Sheila O’Donnell brings her refined watercolour studies to the town. 
RTÉ stars David McCullagh and Martina Fitzgerald will chart some of the key moments across their illustrious careers, while Tommie Gorman will host an in-depth discussion with  former Deputy leader of the SDLP Seamus Mallon to discuss his turbulent years as a constitutional politician and his central role in the peace proces

Pictured launching the 2019 Programme for the 42nd
Clifden Arts Festival ( September 18th – 29th ) is MOJO
Journalist Eleanor Mannion of RTE, and past student of Clifden
Community School. 

Leading the lift-off this year are some of the country’s loftiest creative talents. Paul Noonan, lynchpin of national treasures Bell X1,  legendary composer Bill Whelan and alt-trad maestro Colm Mac Con Iomaire combine with special guests for what will be a magical evening. The West also welcomes back Olivier Award-winning dramatist Pat Kinevane with his “extraordinary” new play Before. 

Local legend and recent Aosdána inductee Margaret Irwin West will be the subject of a 50-year retrospective, and award-winning architect Sheila O’Donnell brings her refined watercolour studies to the town. RTÉ stars David McCullagh and Martina Fitzgerald will chart some of the key moments across their illustrious careers, while Tommie Gorman will host an in-depth discussion with  former Deputy leader of the SDLP Seamus Mallon to discuss his turbulent years as a constitutional politician and his central role in the peace process. 

nspiring the young, budding creative talents of the future; a host of experts from the world of animation, dance, theatre, poetry and singing will share their wealth of expertise and experience with the next generation as part of a range of interactive workshops and talks running in local schools throughout the festival.

Clifden Arts Festival will take place from September 18-29 in Clifden, Connemara. Marking 42 years at the centre of Clifden; this jam-packed festival connects some of the world’s most talented artists as they showcase their work within the magnificent surroundings of the West of Ireland.

For more information about the festival; see the official website:  https://www.clifdenartsfestival.ie/ and follow Clifden Arts Festival on Facebook (clifdenartsfestival), Twitter (@clifdenarts) or Instagram (clifdenartsfest).

To view full programme https://www.clifdenartsfestival.ie/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/Clifden-Arts-Brochure-2019-WEB.pdf

For additional information and for images please contact: 
PR Pam – 091 79 25 26 or 087 9004145 or email hello@prpam.ie

Clifden Arts Festival Launch 2019

Pictured launching the 2019 Programme Highlights for the 42nd Clifden Arts Festival ( September 18th – 29th ) is L-R;

MOJO Journalist Eleanor Mannion of RTE, and past student of Clifden Community School, alongside children from Clifden – Emily Snow & Aoibhin O Malley. The theme for this year’s festival is ‘Flight’ ,the 42nd Clifden Arts Festival will lift our spirits, our responsiveness and our appetites beyond the everyday.It inspires us to think differently – about an art form, about spaces, about how we live in the world.

They aim to remove cultural, price and physical barriers, to reflect diverse tastes
and cultures and to reach out to audiences who might not normally attend arts events. It is a flight of the imagination, for all the senses.

Inspiration set to take flight in the home of the Sky Road

Inspiration set to take flight in the home of the Sky Road

Ireland’s longest-running community arts festival returns with another bumper blend of marquee names and Connemara curiosities.

For centuries, Clifden has been a runway for flights of every altitude, from Transatlantic trailblazers to the stars of arts, music and theatre who have answered the Festival’s call these past 42 years. Where better to find elevation without barriers than the home of the Sky Road.

Leading the lift-off this year are some of the country’s loftiest creative talents. Paul Noonan, lynchpin of national treasures Bell X1, will take us through the band’s back catalogue during an intimate solo show, while legendary composer Bill Whelan and alt- trad maestro Colm Mac Con Iomaire combine with special guests for what will be a magical evening. The West also welcomes back Olivier Award-winning dramatist Pat Kinevane with his “extraordinary” new play Before.

Literary appetites, meanwhile, are in for a feast of ideas, with bestselling authors Colum McCannSinead Moriarty and Mike McCormack joining human-rights hero Alice Leahy and RTÉ politics hounds David McCullagh and Martina Fitzgerald – all in conversation, all continuing Clifden Arts Festival’s long tradition of compelling connections.

Similarly, Seamus Mallon, a key architect of the Peace Process, will be the subject of a live interview with RTÉ’s Tommie Gorman, while the Twelve Pins are also graced by poets such as Moya Cannon and Thomas McCarthy.

Hot off the tiles of Dancing With The StarsFred Cooke will foxtrot into the Connemara capital with his unique blend of stand-up mayhem. Ann Henning Jocelyn with four actors will present her latest play and novel The Sphere of Light – Secrets of the Boleyn Women, with readings, drama, song and music. This play will explore the many mysteries surrounding the fate of the Boleyn family. Whilst thoroughly researched and historically accurate, the play is a character-driven drama focused on gender dynamics and as such timeless and universal.

The author’s interest in the subject stems from the discovery that she is married to a descendant of Lord Hunsdon, son of Mary Boleyn and, presumably, King Henry VIII. Decades of research opened up many unanswered questions, until finally an ancient tombstone found at an Irish Tudor castle provided the cue to a highly plausible scenario.

The region’s dramatic landscape demands a strong visual art leaning at every festival, and this year is no different. Local legend and recent Aosdána inductee Margaret Irwin West will be the subject of a 50-year retrospective, and award-winning architect Sheila O’Donnell brings her refined watercolour studies to the town. Mischief and western wit will be on the menu in new works by Ted Turton and the launch of a new book by the inimitable Joe Boske.

Just a smattering of the flights of fancy coming to a festival dubbed “Ireland’s best-
kept secret” by Nobel Laureate Kazuo Ishiguro. In the words of Brendan Flynn, the legendary teacher who dreamed it all up in 1977, “There is always a flight of the imagination when someone young hears a story or a wonderful piece of music for the first time. And things like that never leave you. They always sparkle in the undergrowth until something else comes along and brings them to life again. That’s what we try to do here.”

www.clifdenartsfestival.ie

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CBC News Catch Up With Clifden Festival

Irish Festival to celebrate Alcock & Brown goes live on air with Canada’s leading news station. The Alcock & Brown 100 Festival ( June 11th – 15th ) will be featured on #cbcnews #america !! Clifden’s connection with Alcock and Brown is aired on CBC Television in May. You can watch on the CBC News YouTube channel, just go to www.youtube.com/cbcnl look under “Videos”.

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Alcock and Brown 100 Festival to uncover hidden treasures telling the remarkable story of the first ever non-stop transatlantic flight with unique artefacts exhibition

A wooden rib section from the wing of the transatlantic Vickers Vimy aircraft 

Alcock and Brown 100 Festival to uncover hidden treasures telling the remarkable story of the first ever non-stop transatlantic flight with unique artefacts exhibition

The Alcock and Brown 100 Festival will display a range of amazing pieces from across the globe which highlight different aspects of the story behind one of the greatest achievements in aviation history

The Alcock and Brown 100 Festival are set to offer visitors exclusive access to never seen before artefacts revealing the incredible story behind the first ever non-stop transatlantic flight with a special exhibition not to be missed.

Taking place in Clifden, Connemara from June 11th to 16th, this diverse festival celebrates the untold story of British aviation heroes Sir John Alcock and Sir Arthur Whitten-Brown 100 years on after they successfully completed the first ever transatlantic flight in history. Among the top highlights sure to enthral both young and old is the Alcock and Brown Artefacts Exhibition. 

Visitors can see first-hand parts of the plane still in existence in addition to many other treasured items collected from across the world, with each piece uniquely revealing the neglected story of one of the most epic feats of transatlantic flight. Organisers have gathered together a wide range of interesting artefacts connected to the Alcock and Brown site in Derrigimlagh bog, Connemara that have been found around Clifden over the years or donated by many local residents also. 

Organisers are still asking anyone who might own items of interest for this exhibition to donate them to the festival.

Festival Chairman Terence O’Toole explained: “The original plane itself is in the Science Museum but, it’s not all there! Over the years, many pieces of the plane have turned up in or have visited Clifden; the home of the landing. Of course, there are many other pieces around the world but for these items at least, we have easier access than many.”

Among the items on display are individual parts of the Vickers Vimy Plane still in existence, boots worn by Arthur Whitten Brown and a steel wheel of the Marconi car that took Alcock and Brown from the Marconi station to the Main Road. The landing site in Derrigimlagh bog, Clifden was coincidentally the site of Guglielmo Marconi’s Wireless Station, the site of the first ever commercial transatlantic wireless transmission.

Attendees will also have unique access to rare photos of the plane at the landing site in Clifden, with  a special collection of 6 photos of the aircraft in the bog taken by Royal Air Force Pilot Bill Urquhart Dykes. There will also be an original framed copy of The New York Times from June 16th 1919, in which the front page details Alcock and Brown’s monumental achievement. 

The exhibition will be open throughout the duration of the festival. The festival will see a string of theatrical productions, remembrance events, live re-enactments, competitions , mesmerising street entertainment and much more take place in the majestic surroundings of the West of Ireland. For more information about Alcock & Brown 100 Festival, see the official website https://alcockandbrown100.com/. Follow Alcock & Brown 100 on Facebook ( Alcock & Brown 100) and Instagram (alcockandbrown100).

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 About Alcock and Brown 100 Festival

  • Themes running through each individual day of the festival include Remembering Marconi, Welcome events, Education Day, Connecting, Re-enactment & Celebration and Competition.
  • The pilots flew in a two-man Vickers Vimy biplane from St John’s in Newfoundland and landed at Derrigimlagh Bog , Clifden, Connemara, Co.Galway with a duration of 16 hours and 28 minutes.
  • The incredible achievement of Alcock and Brown proved that intercontinental flight is humanly possible.
  • Alcock and Brown’s landing site is one of Fáilte Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way key discovery points along the coastal route in Derrigimlagh.
  • The festival will take place from June 11th- 16th in the stunning surrounding of Clifden,Galway,Ireland.
  • A Gala Screening and Dinner will also be held, with extended family of Alcock and Brown and the first photographer Peter Mechan in attendance throughout the week.
  • Author Brendan Lynch published the book ‘Yesterday We Were in America: Alcock and Brown- First to Fly the Atlantic Non-Stop’ about the historic flight.

For further details or information about the Alcock and Brown 100 Festival, see https://alcockandbrown100.com/

PR Pam – Galway – Alcock & Brown

Mussel Feast at Festival

Michelin star Chef J.P McMahon joins amazing line-up of culinary experts set to host fantastic demonstrations celebrating the West of Ireland’s finest local seafood 

Connemara Mussel Festival is set to uncover the incredible culinary and artistic delights the West of Ireland has to offer.

Connemara Mussel Festival is to serve up a spectacular feast for the senses as Ireland’s leading chefs showcase the wonderful local produce Galway has to offer alongside a string of top-class demonstrations. 

J.P McMahon will be serving up a seaweed and lamb dish using Connemara Lamb- Bernard King. Executive Head-Chef Jack Duffy and Justyna Janusiewicz of  locally based vegan company, Sweet Nothings, will also join the host of many leading culinary talents set to host interactive cookery demonstrations. Justyna will showcase vegan cookery using seaweed while Jack Duffy will host demonstrations on paella pan cooking.

This diverse, family-fun festival showcases the very best of Ireland’s food, culture and heritage while celebrating the local community. The Artisan Market is a unique showcase of Connemara’s wonderful local craft produce.

One of Ireland’s leading field archaeologists Michael Gibbons will host enthralling talks on Connemara’s maritime history and archaeology in addition to exciting fieldtrips into the Connemara Highlands. Visitors will also explore the facts and folklore of the sea with captivating talks on the beliefs and folk stories shared by generations of sea faring people. Historian Seán Gannon will shed new insights on traditional views of the infamous Amritsar Massacre one hundred years on with all-absorbing talks not to be missed.

Children’s cookery workshops with John O’Toole & Marguriette Heanue of Kylemore Abbey will inspire young, budding chefs of the future and pass on key cookery skills to the next generation. Kids will learn first-hand from the very best in the business, with the workshops focusing on the theme -‘Get your Vitamin Sea’.  

The Agriaware Pet Farm will also be on site while the Aquaculture Remote Classroom will captivate young people’s imagination and offer a unique insight into aquaculture.

Chairperson of Connemara Mussel Festival Gerard Coyne said: “The Connemara Mussel Festival aims to offer a weekend full of activities designed to educate and entertain local people and national and international tourists. This year the festival has a GIG Rig, which will be the venue for live entertainment all over the weekend, with the finale nights entertainment being provided by “The Good Hustle”. 

Rousing, toe-tapping sean-nós workshops will feature throughout the festival. The opening night concert will include an original play ‘The Blow In’ composed by local man and award-winning director Tristan Heanue. His prestigious credits include ‘Best Short Film’ & ‘Best First Time Director’ at the 2015 Sky Road Film Festival for his film ‘Today’.  

Visitors will enjoy a string of invigorating outdoor events such as the Dawn Walk and the Mussel Fest 5k run in addition to beekeeping, sea-foraging and fun competitions for all ages.

Connemara Mussel Festival will take place from the 3rd– 5th May 2019 in Tullycross, Renvyle, Co. Galway. Further information about the event can be found at the official website https://connemaramusselfestival.com/

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About Connemara Mussel Festival

  • Connemara Mussel Festival will celebrate its 14th years running this year
  • This is a weekend packed full of activities to look forward to on the May Bank Holiday weekend, there’s something to suit everyone.
  • Each year Killary Harbour produces up to 2000 tonnes of rope mussels, providing local employment that gives a sustainable use of the natural marine resource. 
  • The Connemara Mussel Festival celebrates this high quality, local, natural food that is uniquely the Killary mussel.
  • For the past few years, the festival has joined with Galway County Council in their Green Your Festival initiative. With a particular focus on waste, all our food containers, implements and coffee cups are certified compostable and can be placed in the compost/food waste bins provided. 
  • The festival celebrates the finest quality, local , natural produce unique to the West of Ireland
  • Follow the festival on Instagram (@connemaramusselfest), Twitter (@connemaramussel) and Facebook (Connemara Mussel Festival)
  • Visitors can enjoy the magnificent beauty of all that the Wild Atlantic Way has to offer while learning from some of Ireland’s most successful chefs and culinary experts
  • Please email connemaramusselfest@gmail.com with any queries. 
  • Bookings this year will only be for the Children’s cookery events on both Saturday and Sunday – books up very quickly with an age limit of 6-12 years. Booking can be made through website. All other paid events will be payable on the door.
  • The Agriaware Pet Farm will be on site on Saturday only- this is a free event for all the family 

For more details about Connemara Mussel Festival, including booking information, see the official website https://connemaramusselfestival.com/

Galway Man Wins Mr Ireland Title

Galway native, Wayne Walsh was crowned the 2018 Mr Ireland in Dublin’s Helix theatre in front of a packed house last year, since then he has gone on to be featured in a music video that reached number 1 in the iTunes chart and has huge projects in the pipeline as he juggles is modelling career with acting and singing work.

Wayne only began modelling four years ago when he was spotted by Mandy Maher of the Catwalk Modelling Agency at a fashion event.

His win marks the second year running that a Catwalk Agency model has taken home the Mr Ireland title, with Wayne succeeding last year’s winner, Roscommon man Darren King.

For more information visit www.waynewalsh.com