PR Company Celebrates a Dozen With a New Name

Think Public Relations, has rebranded to reflect its broad skill set.

The Galway and Dublin based firm is now called PR Pam as the agency offers a wide range of services including strategic PR plans, coaching and branding.

“This is more than a brand overhaul,” Finn said. “This is about the bold new direction I have taken with the business – to go beyond PR, beyond borders and offer a bespoke service to clients. 

The new brand was created by PR Pam’s in-house branding experts, led by Siobhan McNabb, senior designer. 

“The brand reflects our confident and sometimes quirky personality, and direct and personal tone and style,”  Pam said.

“The gold we’ve chosen suggests the contrast we need to create for clients to cut through the noise, push past the status quo, and win together.” A mentor with Enterprise Ireland and The Design and Craft Council of Ireland, Pamela also provides PR coaching to a range of businesses in Ireland and her sister company Hashtag Media were also named as one of the Top 100 Companies to Watch Out for in 2019 by The Sunday Business Post Newspaper.

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Time Travel With Sky Art’s Portrait Artist of The Year

Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Year Christopher Banaghan’s all absorbing exhibition will allow attendees to time-travel to the year 4040 

Also, a number of brave women’s inspiring Breast Cancer stories and struggles will be brought to life as part of a once off exhibition called Bosom Pals taking place during Clifden Arts Festival 2018( 12th – 23rd September ). 

The moving exhibition, which is in honour of the late writer and poet Marie Cadden, explores the poems and artworks contained in the Bosom Pals book. The exhibition offers an incredibly unique experience as these works are taken from the intimate pages of a book and brought to life visually to put a human face on what it is like to live with Breast Cancer.
Eight women poets’ personal experience of Breast Cancer are beautifully and uniquely explored with powerful drawings of the female body post-surgery offering a more intimate insight in to the women’s individual journeys.

Clifden Arts festival connects some of the world’s most fascinating artists and showcases a diverse range of their innovative works within the stunning surroundings and breath-taking beauty of the west of Ireland.

The theme of home is a major feature across many of the 11 day festival’s exciting visual arts spectacles, with a stellar line up of internationally acclaimed artists sharing the sights, sounds and memories of their home-place. 

Among Ireland’s leading international artists set to feature as part of this eclectic event is Rosie McGurran. Rosie’s solo exhibition draws inspiration from the fantastic surroundings of Roundstone Co. Galway and the island of Inishlacken to share her personal interpretation of the land and sea and the elusive stories of the people living there.  The Belfast artist curates the Inishlacken Project residency and is currently preparing for a major one-person exhibition at Los Gatos International Writers Festival in San Francisco.

Supported by Clifden Arts Festival, internationally acclaimed artists Dorothy Cross, Mick O’Dea, Donald Teskey, Joe Wilson, Jim Savage and David Lilburn will join forces as part of a unique exhibition celebrating the collaboration between Ballynahinch Castle Hotel and Occasional Press over the last decade.
Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Year Christopher Banaghan’s all absorbing exhibition will allow attendees to time-travel to the year 4040 and see divers dig up fragmented remains of some of Galway’s biggest icons such as President Michael D.Higgins and singer Mary Coughlan. They try to rename them after figuring out who these people might have been in a former life.

Laurence Hoffman takes you on a journey around the remote island of Inishturk as part of her photographic documentary ‘Inishturk: Faces, places and traces’. Through a six-month journey to and from the island, she has created an intimate and enthralling portrayal like no other of the island, the people and its remarkable landscape.
Launching on September 12 2018, the eclectic mix of fascinating visual arts spectacles will take you on an exciting journey and help you escape from your own reality as you relax and enjoy the raw beauty of Connemara.

For more information about the Clifden Arts Festival and ticket sales, please visit

See The Wood From The Trees

I am delighted to have the opportunity to contribute to, and welcome, this important publication which so evocatively captures the importance of trees to our world, and their power to create lasting and enduring connections in so many ways.’
President Michael D. Higgins, extract from foreword to forthcoming publication from Artisan House Publishing See The Wood From The Trees by Marion McGarry & Dermot O’Donovan.
Artisan House is delighted to announce the imminent release of a unique and prestigious publication created by Artisan House in association with GMIT Letterfrack.  ‘We are very proud to be associated with this title.  We are neighbours with the GMIT Letterfrack campus and are very familiar with the beautiful work that is created there and to have the opportunity to work with President Higgins and with Áras an Uachtaráin is indeed a privilege’.
The publication, See The Wood From The Trees, by Marion McGarry & Dermot O’Donovan documents the story of trees felled by storms in Áras an Uachtaráin and subsequently gifted by the President, Michael D Higgins and his wife, Sabina, to GMIT Letterfrack to be used by students.  Around this simple but inspired gesture, the book tells of the chequered history of trees in Ireland as well as the story of Áras an Uachtaráin and the plantations in its grounds, and the remarkable story of the transformation of Letterfrack Industrial School into the prestigious GMIT campus in Letterfrack.
Michael D. Higgins, President of Ireland, has long supported developments in Letterfrack, it, of course, being a part of his constituency when he was TD for Galway West.  In a thoughtful foreword he speaks of the connection between Áras an Uachtaráin and Letterfrack as  ‘one founded on innovation and artistic vision’ and recalls that ‘beautifully designed pieces of furniture, created by students and graduates of GMIT Letterfrack are now an integral part of the Áras.  The Presidential Inauguration Chair used in my inauguration in 2011 was designed by Letterfrack graduate John Lee, and the lecterns in Áras an Uachtaráin were designed and made by students and staff’. 
The authors, Marion McGarry and Dermot O’Donovan are both staff members of the National Centre of Excellence for Furniture Design and Wood Technology, GMIT Letterfrack.  Dr. McGarry is an art historian and lecturer and Mr. O’Donovan is Head of Centre in Letterfrack.
Architect and broadcaster, Duncan Stewart, provides the introduction to the book and highlights the threat to the survival of our planet ‘over the past five decades, as the human population doubled, the populations of birds, mammals, amphibians, reptiles, and fish have plummeted. We have lost up to two-thirds of wildlife populations. Extinctions of species are accelerating, and it is projected that by 2050 we could witness the extinction of up to 50 per cent of all the diverse species with which we share earth’s biosphere’. 
Sounding a more hopeful note, Duncan goes on to say that ‘for me, the outstanding element of this book is its potential to act as an exemplar for forms of synergy, symbiosis, and collaboration that could be replicated across Ireland, across Europe, across the globe. We urgently need to wake up to the reality of climate change, loss of biodiversity, widespread pollution, and unprecedented waste. This needs to happen in every community, whether rural or urban, in a coordinated, collaborative, and effective manner. The story told in this book gives us a model of how one community embraced the opportunity to create an imaginative educational experience and enhance the appreciation of students, staff, and the wider community to the amazing potential of wood.’ 
See the Wood from the Trees by Marion McGarry and Dermot O’Donovan will be treasured and will hold a special place on any bookshelf. It is informative and complemented by its excellent expressive visuals and by the inclusion of poems by Theo Dorgan written while on a residency in Farmleigh entitled The Farmleigh Tree Alphabet. It is appropriate that this beautifully designed book is published by Artisan House, Letterfrack, whose commitment to high production values and design echoes the vision of GMIT Letterfrack for the creation of beautiful objects.
The book will be published by Artisan House Connemara in June 2018 in three formats: a hardback edition; a special limited edition; and Special Deluxe limited edition.
For further information, please contact:
Pamela Finn – Think PR – – 0879004145
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Creative Makers Pop Up

Twenty – Four Creative Makers coming together to form a Pop up Shop

A unique pop up shop will be opening for two weeks of the Galway Arts Festival from the 17th of July until the 29th in the Cornstore Galway.
Twenty Four Creative Makers are pooling their resources with the help of the Local Enterprise Office Galway and the DCCoI to organise and run this pop up shop, featuring a wide range of crafts including: art prints, jewellery, ceramics, wood crafted pieces, original art, candles, and soap.

Featured among the twenty four makers is Burren Flower Fairies, the creation of Irish illustrator Susan Meaney whose studio is located in the Burren on the boarder of Co. Galway and Co. Clare.Her collection of cards, illustrations and gifts is inspired by the wildflowers of the Burren and the fairy folklore so richly ingrained in Irish story telling.

Another of the creative makers is Emerald & Wax founder Virture Shine a Ghanaian – American now living and working in Barna, Co. Galway.
Virtue has a passion for fashion design and her vibrant and original seasonal garments with traditional wax prints draws on her native Ghanian heritage.
Virtue creates separates like the timeless shift dress, statement coats, a – line and pencil skirts, kimono jackets and clutch bags.
Each piece of wearable art is unique and one of a kind.

These two talented makers are currently completing the “Building Craft and Design Enterprise Programme” run by the Local Enterprise Office Galway and the Design and Crafts Council of Ireland.

The pop up shop provides an opportunity for the public to see the quality of the products on sale and to meet and greet the makers and hear the stories that inspire their works.
If you are looking for that special gift, a memento of your visit to Galway or a treat for yourself the pop up shop opens the 17th of July right up until the 29th of July with late opening for the first week.

Spectacular Sea Week

Conamara Sea Week is a multi-disciplinary festival, celebrating the wonderful marine heritage of Conamara. The festival celebrated it’s 30th birthday in 2014 and has grown to be a wonderful and unique festival with something to interest all age groups. Highlights include music workshops, art exhibitions, concerts, talks, walks, children’s activities, sports events, lots of great music and buckets of fun for all the family.

A special highlight osea-weekf the festival for the last few years has been the wonderful ‘After the Light’ parade, a spectacular night full of myth, magic, madness and mayhem!


The festival dates for 2018 will be announced shortly.

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European Circular Ocean Global Competition

The award-winning transnational European Circular Ocean project has launched a global innovation competition in a bid to engage creative and technical communities in coming up with inspiring ideas and solutions on the reuse and recycling of end-of-life fishing nets in the Northern Periphery and Arctic (NPA) region.

Ballybunion’s Big Beach Clean took place today by members of the public .
Clean Coasts groups throughout Ireland gathered this weekend to join the movement for litter free seas and be part of the world’s largest coastal cleanup event and marine litter survey.
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Clean Coasts groups throughout Ireland will gather this weekend to join the movement for litter free seas and be part of the world’s largest coastal cleanup event and marine litter survey. The event takes place every year on the 3rd weekend in September and to date nearly 12 million people and counting have been part of “The International Ocean Conservancy Coastal Cleanup”. In 2016 alone, nearly 800,000 volunteers in over 90 countries removed 8,193 tonnes of marine litter from the world’s oceans!
The European Circular Ocean project has joined forces with Clean Coasts and Ballybunion Tidytowns this weekend as part of this international movement to combat marine pollution. The “Big Beach Cleanup” will take place at Lady’s Beach in Ballybunion THIS Sunday 17th of September at 12noon.
Funded under the ERDF Interreg VB Northern Periphery and Arctic (NPA) Programme, the Circular Ocean project seeks to highlight the opportunities for recovery and reuse of waste Fishing Nets & Rope, with a view to benefiting local economies.
If you are in the Ballybunion area on Sunday, wrap up well, dust off the wellies and do your bit to help fight the scourge of marine pollution on our beautiful coastlines.
For more see www.cleancoasts .org or

Irish partners and Cork County Council initiative Macroom E hope the competition will act as a catalyst to motivate and empower communities across Ireland to consider sustainable business opportunities utilising plastics from waste fishing gear.

It’s estimated that up to eight million tonnes of plastic enters the sea annually, causing serious damage to our ocean environment and marine ecosystems.

Experts believe that lost and discarded fishing-related gear is the most treacherous form of marine plastic, persisting in the marine environment for hundreds of years, continuing to catch fish and causing entanglement of marine wildlife.

This is particularly pertinent to Ireland, as an island nation. Many communities are already subject to the consequences of ocean plastic pollution damaging their environment as well as local fishing industries, tourism and related business.

Circular Ocean would like to hear from individuals and/or multi-disciplinary teams of entrepreneurs, inventors, designers and students who would like to tackle marine plastics with ideas, solutions and product concepts.

The closing date for entries is 1 June. Submissions will be evaluated by a panel of experts from the NPA regions and specialist networks, including Irish representatives Keiron Phillips, Project Manager at the Environmental Protection Agency, and Sean O’Sullivan, Head of Enterprise at the Local Enterprise Office in South Cork.

Details are on

Bog Week 2018

Bog Week 2018 – A festival to bring you back in time….

If you want to get outside in the Irish landscape and enjoy nature in its finest then the Quaker Village of Letterfrack in North Connemara is the place for you, as it’s the annual Connemara Bog Week Festival which kicks off on Sunday 27th May and finishes on Bank Holiday Monday June 4th.The festival provides a space for the creative force which is at the heart of Connemara. This award-winning, multi-disciplinary, family friendly festival allows visitors to explore a sense of place while experiencing the breath-taking landscape, archaeological and historical heritage of the area. 

Throughout the week people are encouraged to experience Connemara’s famous Bog lands with a guided walk each day in the Connemara National Park.

The exquisite Gothic Church at Kylemore Abbey will play host to one of Ireland’s finest singer/songwriters Luka Bloom.

There will be an exhibition by acclaimed photographer Tina Claffey, who’s book has been greatly praised and gives a real insight into the beauty of Irish peat lands.  The talk will be followed by an exhibition of Tina’s work aptly titled ‘Tapestry of Light’.

Informative guided walks of Omey Island with archaeologists and ecologists will also take place over the week and guests are invited to experience life in the Bronze Age where there will be a re-enactment of cooking using a Fulacht Fiadh ( hole in the ground).

As the sun sets, the rafters in the Gothic Church will ring once more with the amazing sounds of El Safty, Armstrong and Browne, featuring Siobhan Armstrong on harp, Ronan Browne pipes/flute/whistle and great sean nós singer Roisin El Safty, this promises to be a most memorable night in the company of this internationally acclaimed trio.

During the Connemara Bog Festival some of the finest poets, artists, musicians, chefs and ecologists rub shoulders to create a truly magical experience like no other with just a hint of madness to delight both young and old. 
Booking essential for Gothic Church Concerts – see website
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Mussel’s In May

All Trails Lead To Seafood 
Connemara Mussel Festival 2018

Food lovers are in for a treat this May bank holiday weekend as the annual Connemara Mussel Festival takes places from 4th – 6th of May in Tullycross, Renvyle,Connemara, as part of the Region of Gastronomy 2018 event calendar.
As well as some of the country’s top celebrity chefs providing live cooking demonstrations, the festival marquee will play host to a range of entertainment for the whole family.
If that wasn’t enough, there will be a feast of mouth watering maritime fayre at the festival.The theme for this year’s festival is ‘A Taste of The Atlantic’ , Jacinta Dalton, Failte Ireland Food Ambassador ,Lecturer at College of Tourism & Arts, G.M.I.T.will be hosting a workshop for children and there will be a series of walks and talks focusing on the coastal community off the beautiful Renvyle Peninsula which offers spectacular views of the Hills and coast of Connemara in Galway.
The Connemara Mussel Festival aims to highlight the wealth of top quality seafood available on our own shores, and showcases some of the finest mussels as well as a tantalising selection of other fishy delights. 
All are welcome to come and enjoy the treasure trove of local produce which demonstrates Connemara’s growing reputation as an exciting food destination. 
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New Tearooms For World Famous Restaurant

Paddy Burkes,one of Galway’s most iconic and celebrated landmarks, will launch a new tearooms this March. Following a refurbishment, the restaurants side wing has been restored to create a bigger, brighter and better-than- ever customer experience with the launch of a new tearooms ‘The Tearooms at Paddy Burkes’.

As well as serving the very best coffees and teas, there will also be a selection of home baked scones, a twist on the Irish soda bread and fresh salads.

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Galway Craft Fair

LOCAL Food & Craft Gift fair returns to the Blackbox Theatre for its 6th year running. This will be the biggest event yet with over 60 Food & Craft producers from accross Galway city & county. Products range from a selection of homemade and artisan foods; ceramics; jewellery; textiles; quilts; pottery; wood crafted pieces and blacksmiths.

Sat – 10am – 7pm // Sun – 10am – 5pm


24th  – 26th November 2017.