Archive: July 2015

Statement Issued on Behalf of the Drennan Family

22 July 2015

The family of Alan Drennan (21) from Glengormley would like to thank the general public for their concern and thoughts of sympathy at this, the time of his passing, and of their grieving.

As many viewers saw and heard yesterday, Alan’s father, Alan Drennan senior, gave emotional interviews on Downtown, UTV and BBC NI and spoke with several journalists who called seeking information about Alan’s death.  The interest is overwhelming and, in the circumstances, it has proven to be very stressful and difficult to talk to the media as the devastating news further takes its toll and the reality of the family’s loss sinks in even more.

The family would ask for privacy at this painful time and would like to stress that due to the agonising loss, and the upset caused by giving media interviews – something that they are not used to whatsoever - they have decided to decline all further interview requests.

The family would, however, like to express public thanks to the Kevin Bell Repatriation Trust which is dealing with Alan’s repatriation this week.


On behalf of the family I would respectfully ask that no further media requests are made directly to them. It is simply too painful.

Addendum: 23.07.15: The PSNI Serious Crimes Unit is now looking into this case and interested media can get in touch with the @PSNI Press Office for further information.


Thank you, Cathy Martin

Issued on behalf of the Drennan family by Cathy Martin, CMPR.

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Economic Forecast Looks Good for Northern Irish Publicity Industry

14 July 2015

In the third of a series of business breakfasts this year, the Publicity Association of Northern Ireland (PANI) welcomed Danske Bank UK’s Chief Economist Angela McGowan to present on the advertising and publicity industry’s economic prospects for 2015 and beyond.


The event, which took place in June in Belfast, was attended by over one hundred representatives from the wider media and publicity industries, and saw Angela outline the top performing sectors of the industry here as well as those predicted to excel in the next five year period in what was a comprehensive overview and tour of the economic indicators that matter and how they affect the NI economy.


PANI Chair Nuala Meenehan said “From a global perspective, right down through Europe, Ireland and Northern Ireland, PANI Members were given an extremely credible economic overview  of what to expect next. It’s important for us as an industry to see how well certain sectors of the economy are performing – and to educate ourselves on key areas to focus future business on. We were delighted to welcome Angela back, because insights and information as credible and useful as this are very popular and very important to our members.”

Angela McGowan, Chief Economist said " The media and publicity industry is one of the most dynamic sectors in Northern Ireland with firms continually demonstrating high levels of creativity and innovation.  I was delighted to be providing an update on the wider economic environment, especially at a time when the economy is really improving and opportunities for NI Plc are mounting".

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Creative and Marketing Students Protect their Futures in PANI Education Programme

03 July 2015

2015 saw the return of the hugely successful Publicity Association for Northern Ireland (PANI) Education Programme.  Now in its seventh year, the programme, which supports future creatives and marketers within the advertising and publicity industry, saw four leading advertising agencies in PANI; ASG, Walkers, RLA and Ardmore, team up with five groups of students from Ulster University’s Communications Advertising and Marketing (CAM) course as well as the Graphic Design & Illustration course, to create a commercial campaign pitch to increase awareness of men’s health and, specifically, to make males aged 16-plus aware of Action Cancer’s M.O.T. health checks.


Lisa McClenaghan, Communications Officer at Action Cancer, who assisted with judging the campaigns added: “Action Cancer was delighted to be the beneficiary charity of this year’s PANI Education Programme. The brief we set the teams was a challenging one, to come up with an innovative advertising campaign to encourage men to take action with their health and book a health check with Action Cancer. All five teams rose to the challenge and the judges were blown away by the calibre of work presented by the students. Under the guidance of industry experts, through research and careful planning, the programme resulted in the creation of five credible and thought-provoking campaigns. Although there could only be one winner, Action Cancer will be able to take elements from each campaign and use them to support our work in the future, so a huge thank you to everyone involved. We cannot wait to see the impact of the winning campaign when it goes live later this summer.”


This year’s winning team, students Ciara Topping, Amy Colgan, Beth McClements, Sarah Adair and Allana McQuaid were mentored by agency ASG.  The students will see their campaign “There are Easier Ways to Protect Yourself” come to life on Clear Channel 48 sheet billboards and six sheet bus shelters around Belfast at the end of August.


One of the students from ASG’s winning team, Ciara Topping, described her thoughts on the programme saying “Taking part in the PANI Education Programme was an amazing experience. I learned more than I ever expected. Not just about the industry but I developed so much as a creative. From small little details to skills that will help me throughout my graphic design career. I would recommend it to anyone.”


Chair of PANI, Nuala Meenehan, said: “Our PANI education initiative brings together the experience and professionalism of our mentoring agencies with the new learning and enthusiasm of our students.  The combination is very powerful and delivers a great choice of creativity for this year’s client Action Cancer.  Once again the work has been of the highest possible standard, so we wish huge congratulations to all five student groups.”

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