As one of Ireland’s longest-running communications companies, Carr Communications has become a household brand name for media, public relations, communications, and business / management training and development. Our reputation for handling media crises and preparing people for media has become such that other Public Relations companies bring their clients to our TV and radio studios to help them prepare responses for difficult issues and interviews.
To do great work and deliver outstanding results for people and organisations we love working with and whose values are in line with our own. To make a difference.
Adam HurleyEuropean Project Executive
Áine RoddyAccount Manager
Alan HallFinancial Controller
Alison HandSenior Consultant
Amy HumeBehavioural Insights Consultant
Anthony KellyHead of Behavioural Insights
Aoife CoonaghHead of Career Development Services
Cristina RogozAccounts Assistant
David CurtinMedia/Public Affairs Consultant
Dawn LonerganAccount Manager
Deirdre FarrellyAccount Manager
Eddie ShawNon-Executive Chairman
Eimear HurleyHead of PR
Frank SweeneySenior Consultant
Iseult O’DohertyHead of Business and Management Development
Jillian GarveySenior Account Manager
John DunphySenior Consultant
Johnny FallonAccount Director
Karl ColemanAccount Executive
Linda HenrikssonEuropean Account Manager
Marie LynchAccount Manager
Sinéad O’DonnellAccount Director
Stephen WalkerHead of Design
Tony HughesManaging Director
European Project Executive
Offaly by birth but living in Dublin, Adam has a first class Honours degree in Politics, International Relations and History from University College Dublin. While studying in UCD he worked part-time in Leinster House and a second hand book shop where he gained both a love of reading and arguing.
Adam works across both the Public Relations and H2020 teams at Carr Communications, assisting clients in development innovative, creative campaigns including press release writing, social media management and public affairs engagement.
Adam’s hobbies include running, hiking and attending gigs of bands he knew before they were cool.
Favourite movie: Legally Blonde
Favourite food: Strawberry Milkshakes
Advice he once got that he wishes he hadn’t ignored: Bend and snap!
Áine holds a Masters degree in Public Relations from the DIT and a degree in Music and Geography from Maynooth University. With a passion for the performing arts, Aine can regularly be heard belting out a tune from one of her favourite West End shows or if the mood takes a classic 80’s power ballad!
While at Carr Communications Áine has specialised in issue-based communications for some of our key public sector clients. On a day-to-day basis Áine assists key clients with media relations, stakeholder communication management, development and delivery of communications campaigns, event management, and social media strategy and content development.
Áine finds it hard to trust people that don’t need caffeinated beverages to function and has made it her life goal to meet J.K. Rowling.
Favourite Movie: Moulin Rouge
Favourite food: Mammy Roddy’s Christmas Pudding!
Advice she once got that she wishes she hadn’t ignored: Start your pension…
Alan is a Bachelor of Commerce graduate from UCD and qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 2007. He has management experience in practice, banking and industry. In 2014, he completed an MBA in Trinity College which involved working with the senior management team of a number of companies with different challenges and in different stages of their development.
Outside work, Alan still valiantly attempts to play league football and has various other interests including scuba diving, music, Irish history and the odd bit of gardening in the spring.
Favourite movie: Liverpool FC: The Story Of The Kop Stand (only available in VHS)
Favourite food: Sausages
Advice he once got that he wishes he hadn’t ignored: Anything my mother said for the first 21 years of his life
Alison is an organisational development consultant, facilitator and executive coach with experience nationally and internationally. She holds a degree in Social Science, a diploma in Executive Coaching and a diploma in HRM.
She is a keen tennis player and when not on court she can be found wandering around art galleries or rummaging in record stores to feed her very expensive 2nd hand vinyl habit. An experienced broadcaster, she has presented and produced radio programmes for Dublin City FM and Tokyo’s largest FM station J-Wave.
Favourite Movie: Casablanca
Favourite Food: Indian/Moroccan/Korean and anything that goes well with 160 gram vinyl
Advice she once got that she wishes she hadn’t ignored: “Whatever you say, say nothing.”
Behavioural Insights Consultant
Born and bred in Edinburgh, she has a first class Honours degree in Accounting and Economics from the University of Strathclyde, where she also donned as a part-time pizza chef and tour guide. She completed an MSc in Behavioural Science for Management at the University of Stirling. During the Masters programme, she developed a particular interest in self-control and how people engage in strategies to help reduce tendencies to procrastinate, as well as various policy issues ranging from the framing of New Psychoactive Substances as “legal highs”, testing a manipulation of the framing of the “Brexit” question, and changes to the processing of Vehicle Excise Duty.
Key research areas include; positively influencing employees to become more engaged in their organisation, increasing sales by helping customers make the right decision for them, improving employee performance and the impact of framing different messages to achieve audience impact.
In her spare time, Amy enjoys hosting dinner parties, baking and watching her favourite sports – Formula 1 and rugby.
Favourite movie: Notting Hill
Favourite food: Profiteroles
Advice she once got that she wishes she hadn’t ignored: Don’t run out in front of traffic
Head of Behavioural Insights
Anthony has extensive management and business development experience in a number of different industries. Anthony’s main interest is in Behavioural Science. Anthony advises clients on the implementation of behavioural insights, which consistently deliver highly impactful outcomes.
In particular, he applies this science in organisational messaging, internal communications, employee engagement and operational effectiveness. With a background in law and politics, Anthony also provides strategic communications advice to a number of senior politicians.
Originally from Ireland’s most incredible county – Kerry, Anthony hosts and facilitates high profile events for Carr Communications’ clients and has written for RTÉ Radio One’s award-winning Callan’s Kicks. Wherever Anthony is spotted, his beloved sausage dog, Jesse, is never far behind.
Favourite movie: The Dark Knight
Favourite food: Indian
Advice he once got that he wishes he hadn’t ignored: Smile. It confuses people.
Head of Career Development Services
Aoife Coonagh joined Carr Communications in early 2006 as Head of Career Development Services. Aoife has over 25 years of HR, recruitment and training experience. She has a track record of achievement in management roles spanning learning and development, executive development and HR management consultancy in Aer Lingus and AXA Insurance.
One of the services provided by her Careers Unit in Carr Communications – Job Interview Preparation – is the best known and longest-established of its kind in the country. A highly effective facilitator and executive coach, Aoife and her team’s reputation for helping people prepare for interviews is unequalled; from Senior Executives in the private sector being interviewed for Board and Leadership positions; senior civil servants going for the full range of promotional interviews including TLAC; the full range of medical interviews up to Consultant; to graduates going for their first-ever interview.
As Head of Career Development Services, she designs and delivers a range of HR development programmes with organisations including: Career Planning; Career Progression; High Potential and Talent Management; Management Development Programmes; Performance Management; Competency Framework design and development; and Outplacement programmes.
She has provided development programmes at all levels ranging from individual skills development – Personal development planning and Coaching – to company-wide training and development programmes such as customer service, quality process improvement and management development. Aoife is also accredited in EQi Emotional Intelligence and MBTI Myers Briggs.
Media/Public Affairs Consultant
With over 30 years in communications, David has written for many national and local newspapers as well as radio and television. He managed the media campaigns for the Smoking Ban in Ireland and the Euro Changeover. David has provided crisis communications advice and assistance to companies in the pharmaceutical, aviation, transport and food sectors.
Renowned for his availability, his mobile phone is off only when he is on a golf course or flying abroad. He has an aversion to jargon, In all his years in communications, he has never seen a national newspaper use it in their stories.
Favourite movie: Green Book
Favourite food: Thai
Advice he once got that he wished he hadn’t ignored: Invest in your work/life balance
Dawn specialises in social media, website development, and event management at Carr Communications. She has worked across the political and NGO sectors, and has key experience in communicating technical information, and using data insights to drive content creation. Dawn has a BCL degree in Law with Politics from UCD and an MA in Public Affairs and Political Communication from DIT. Her masters research focused on political engagement with social media, post the 2014 Irish Marriage Equality referendum.
From candle making to ukulele playing, Dawn likes to collect hobbies as well as reading books and keeping up to date with public affairs. Her claim to fame is that she was not named after any particular breath-taking sunrise, but after the 1986 Cheltenham Gold Cup Winner, Dawn Run.
Favourite movie: 500 Days of Summer
Favourite food: Christmas dinner
Advice she once got that she wished she hadn’t ignored: Don’t read late into the night with a torch, you will ruin your eyes.
Deirdre is a Communications Professional with over 15 years of experience working in broadcast media at both a national and local level in Ireland. During her time in broadcasting she has held roles as a news editor with Cork’s 96 and 103FM, breakfast news anchor with Q102, and as a senior reporter with the UTV Radio Network. More recently Deirdre has worked as a broadcast journalist with Newstalk and TodayFM, working on programmes such as Newstalk Breakfast, The Hard Shoulder and The Last Word. During her time working as a journalist she has covered several general elections, a number of major court cases and the State visits of Barack Obama and Queen Elizabeth the second. Deirdre is also a skilled writer and has extensive experience in writing for the web, press releases, and in media relations.
Favourite Movie: The Lives of Others
Favourite Food: A good cheese board
Advice she once got that she wished she hadn’t ignored: Go with your gut feeling
Donal is one of the most recognised communications and training experts in Ireland. He has led the development of our Behavioural Economics based offers providing clients with proven, tested and added-value approaches to communication by applying a scientific understanding of human behaviour.
Over the last 30 years plus Donal has provided strategic communications consultancy and training to the country’s leading organisations including Irish Life, Bank of Ireland, EPA, SEAI and AIB.
Favourite movie: Blade Runner
Favourite food: Caviston’s chocolate cake
Advice he once got that he wishes he hadn’t ignored: Use good hair products
Eddie is, by a distance, the aging ‘elder lemon’ of Carr Communications as he enters his forty-ninth year of business experience and variety. Thirty years gained primarily in the financial services sector where he held a number of senior positions across general insurance, life insurance, re-insurance, capital markets and fund management in Hibernian Group. He met Carr Communications as a client in 2002, joined in 2006 and came to realise the complementarity of risk management with communications in all of its varieties.
Eddie has provided communications, dissemination, training, and development services to a number of public and private sector organisations in Ireland. Since 2009 he has led an enthusiastic and resilient European Projects Team through eleven EU research projects with responsibility for communication, dissemination and exploitation of project results. These projects covered a broad variety of activities such as Air Travel, Air Security and Safety, Crisis Management and Communications, Smart Manufacturing and the Circular Economy, Radiation Protection for Astronauts in Long Distance Space Travel, and Citizen Engagement in Environmental Research. Such is the scale, skills and experience of projects and people in Carr Communications.
Eddie has a BComm and M.B.A. from University College Dublin and is an Associate of the Chartered Insurance Institute.
He is married to Mary Pat, has four well grown young adults and three grandchildren. Surviving this life journey, so far, ranks as their greatest achievement.
Favourite Movie/Book: A Man for All Seasons and Castaway
Favourite Food: Mary Pat’s Lemon Soufflé
Advice he once got that he wishes he hadn’t ignored: You are the prisoner of everything you write (or say), and the master of everything you don’t.
Head of PR
Eimear has worked with Carr Communications since 2007 and was appointed the company’s Head of PR in 2017. With almost fifteen years’ experience in PR, Eimear leads a team of consultants in the delivery of high-impact communications strategies to a range of clients in the public and private sector. In her role, Eimear works closely with Senior Management teams to scope, develop and deliver a strategic approach to communications.
She is also on the Board of the Dublin City Volunteer Centre which helps individuals to find meaningful opportunities to volunteer and to build the capacity for not-for-profit organisations to involve volunteers in their work.
A proud Limerick and Munster woman, married to Simon and living in Dun Laoghaire, she’s mammy to two small children, Sam (4) and Evie (6 months). They are her best achievement yet.
Favourite movie: Munster the Brave and the Faithful 2006 Heineken Cup Final, Official Commemorative DVD
Favourite food: Eggs Benedict from Harry’s Café in Dun Laoghaire
Advice she once got that she wishes she hadn’t ignored: Wash tan off after three hours (circa early 2000s. She has embraced her paleness since then.)
Frank Sweeney joined with Carr Communications in 2000 to deliver training solutions in both interpersonal communications and management, including Personal Effectiveness, Influencing & Persuasion Skills, Performance Management, Negotiation Skills and various Communications Skills programmes, to numerous Government Departments and Agencies, as well as major organisations in the Private and Voluntary Sectors. For our Career Development area he also provides group and individual coaching to both Interviewees and Interview Boards.
Prior to joining Carr Communications Frank spent almost thirty years working in senior management roles with major national and multinational organisations including Bon Secours Health System, the National Training and Development Institute and VHI.
A Graduate of the Marketing Institute of Ireland with a Post Graduate Diploma in Strategic Market Planning, Frank also has a Masters in Business Administration (MBA), as well as a Certificate in Training and Continuing Education from NUI Maynooth and is accredited to work with the Booth Company 360° Assessment Tools.
Favourite Movie: 12 Angry Men
Favourite Food: Churros and Hot Chocolate sitting in Orange Square, Marbella
Advise he once got that he wished he hadn’t ignored: It’s not what you think you are but what you think, you are.
Head of Business and Management Development
Iseult heads up the Business and Management Development Department. Iseult taught in Dublin’s inner city for 15 years followed by a career in RTE as a reporter and presenter. She has developed a particular expertise in designing a range of business and management training programmes for the private and public sector.
In her spare time she loves very slow running (aka jogging) with her friends, having friends over to dinner and reading anything she can get her hands on.
Favourite food: Sea Food Paella eaten overlooking beach in Fuerteventura
Favourite film: Shawshank Redemption
Advice she once got that she wishes she hadn’t ignored: Just go for it!
Senior Account Manager
Jillian has worked in consumer and corporate public relations for over 10 years working in Ireland, Australia and New Zealand before returning to her beloved homeland in 2015. Jillian joined the Carr Communications teams in 2018 and is a senior consultant with extensive experience in strategic and crisis communications.
During this time she has worked with a variety of people and organisations at home and abroad to identify, design, and implement solutions to tough organisational and communications challenges. She is a generalist with areas of specialist expertise and interest in communications and organisational strategy, media relations and public affairs, risk and crisis management, stakeholder engagement, and social/digital engagement.
Jillian has worked with a variety of organisations, from government agencies to interest groups, and from businesses to not-for-profits.
Favourite movie: Steel Magnolias
Favourite food: Anything Japanese!
Advice she once got that she wishes she hadn’t ignored; When someone shows you who they really are, believe them the first time.
John is a Senior Communications Consultant delivering training in the areas of Leadership, Resilience, Self-management, Presentation skills, Careers and Personal Development. Also a practising Sport Psychology Consultant, John works with sports teams and individuals at both international and local levels in areas such as Teamwork, Leadership, Communications, Focus, Goal Setting, Anxiety, Mental Toughness and Expertise in Sport.
In his spare time, John is a qualified basketball coach and coaches a number of basketball teams from local underage level, to regional and international feeder teams.
Favourite movie: Inception
Favourite food: Ravioli
Advice he once got that he wished he hadn’t ignored: The importance of incrementally saving
A proud Longford man Johnny has worked in PR and Public Affairs for over 20 years. With a focus on strategic and crisis communication he has advised clients in the public and private sector and is much sought after as a trainer for media and presentation skills. He has written a number of books and academic papers on Irish politics and is a regular contributor to TV and radio. He is an avid user of social media for which he has won awards and been listed as a policy influencer.
For some still unexplained reason he thought it was a good idea to write his autobiography aged 30 and claims the dubious credit of being one of the few people outside of premier league footballers to do so. He is married to Annette and has two children who say he talks ‘a lot of boring stuff’.
Favourite movie: Star Wars
Favourite food: Is wine a food?
Advice he once got that he wishes he hadn’t ignored: Grow up
Karl holds a Master’s degree in Public Affairs and Political Communication (MA) from the Dublin Institute of Technology and a degree in Law and Politics (BA) from Dublin City University. Karl has a varied background working in a family photography studio on and off for the past ten years. He has a particular interest in Public Affairs, having interned with John Lahart TD. Other interests of Karl include digital media, video production and event management.
In 2016 Karl came up with and created an age card app that allowed participants to show their ID via their phone, something he has not stopped talking about since.
Favourite movie: Shrek
Favourite food: fava beans and a nice chianti
Advice he once got that he wishes he hadn’t ignored: Radiation makes you sick, it doesn’t give you superpowers.
European Account Manager
Linda joined Carr Communications’ European Projects Team in 2016. In her role as Senior Account Executive, she deals with communication and dissemination activities in EU funded research and innovation projects. On a day-to-day basis, Linda works directly with Carr Communications’ partners and engages with key stakeholders in Horizon 2020 projects. She creates and distributes communications materials, works with social media and online communications and monitors relevant media coverage and policy developments. She contributes to the development and implementation of communications and dissemination strategies designed to achieve far-reaching impact.
Prior to joining Carr Communications, Linda worked in and with the European institutions in Brussels. She has several years of experience in EU communications, first in the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Translation and subsequently in Europe Direct, the central information service of the EU. In her role as EU Affairs Communications Officer, she communicated with the public and interacted with multiple stakeholders in an international environment, explaining EU laws, policies, programmes and funding opportunities. She has a background in translation and communications, and she has also worked in the literature and publishing sector and in tech.
Linda holds both a BA and an MA with honours in English Translation Studies and European Studies from the University of Turku, Finland. She is passionate about languages and has a proven track record of working in multilingual environments.
She has a particular interest in science communication and the popularisation of science, discourse analysis and media relations.
Commuting to work on her vintage bike in any weather, she proudly embraces the stereotype of the bicycle-riding Nordic in functional but hopelessly unfashionable rain gear.
Marie hails from Laois and has worked with Carr Communications in their PR division since 2015. Marie has a varied background in communications and public relations which gives her a unique insight and skill set which she offers to Carr Communications’ clients. She has particular experience in social media, stakeholder engagement, media relations, event management and internal communications.
On a day-to-day basis Marie manages and assists key clients with their PR strategy, social media strategy and digital content creation, media relations, delivery of communications campaigns, event management, media monitoring.
Marie holds a degree in English, Sociology and Politics from NUI Galway, a PRII Diploma in Public relations and in a past life Marie qualified as a beauty therapist which she completed alongside her full-time work as a pastime, as she always had an interest in this field.
In her spare time Marie enjoys eating food and drinking way too much coffee, attending way too many concerts, reading, travel, running and Crossfit. Marie needs a clone to handle her social life!
Favourite movie: Warrior
Favourite food: Roast chicken cooked by my mum followed by her apple tart
Advice she once got that he wishes she hadn’t ignored: Never leave college
Sinéad is an award-winning journalist and communications consultant. For more than a decade she worked as a journalist with many of the country’s biggest media organisations including Newstalk, TV3 (Virgin Media One) and the Sunday Times, to name but a few.
Her extensive media contacts and deep knowledge of the media industry has proved extremely valuable to clients. As an experienced media and presentation skills trainer, Sinéad has worked with many leaders in the public and private sectors, helping them communicate more effectively to their audiences.
In 2016, a campaign she created and implemented for the National Standards Authority of Ireland won ‘Best Public Sector Campaign’ at the Excellence in Public Relations Awards. Sinéad has a MA in Journalism from NUI Galway and a BA Honours Degree in Media Production and Anthropology from NUI Maynooth.
Favourite movie: Anchorman
Favourite food: Grilled chicken sandwich meal from Supermacs
Advice she once got that she wishes she hadn’t ignored: Take the epidural!
Head of Design
Stephen joined the Digital Media Unit of Carr Communications in 2016 as it geared up to expand its operations in 2017. He holds a BSc (Honours) in product design from Dublin Institute of Technology and a Postgraduate Diploma (Honours) in Digital Media from the IACT, Dublin.
Over the years, Stephen has gained a diverse background of experience, developing a broad range of digital media skills, both 2d and 3d. Prior to joining Carr Communications, Stephen spent five years designing merchandise for some of the world’s most iconic brands including Guinness, Lord’s Cricket, Titanic and the Burj Khalifa in Dubai among others. This has given him a keen insight into successful brand strategies and the design that goes into them. He also has extensive freelance experience across multiple sectors including web design, product design, architectural rendering and visual communication.
In his free time, Stephen is most likely to be found playing sports, cooking and attempting to learn Spanish.
Favourite Movie: The Intouchables
Favourite Food: Fideuà
Advice he was once given that he wishes he hadn’t ignored: Don’t swing backwards on your chair
Tony Hughes oversees the development of the business and supports the delivery of major projects. Tony has particular expertise in the management of complex human resource environments and supporting organisations through periods of significant change. As a consequence, he is fascinated by the potential application and impact of behavioural science-based interventions.
Tony provides consultancy services for many organisations and he has added value to, and led, many European and National projects. He has successfully advised many Chief Executives on how to develop their organisations to improve overall performance and these interventions are increasingly being based on the core principles of behavioural economics.
Favourite movie: The God Father Part 2
Favourite food: Sashimi
Advice he once got that he wishes he hadn’t ignored: Once you stop playing rugby you will regret it forever