Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Photo Shoots Are Messy Business

Rosa Butler not afraid to get her hands dirty all for the right shot. A true professional.

Delicious Handmade Spanish Sauces and Tapenades

Heather McMahon and Rosa Butler tucking in

“One of the most authentic Spanish restaurants in Ireland at present” (Sebastian Black, Spanish Flavour); “Best Tapas in Ireland” Tom Doorley (Irish Times)

Enjoy Cava at home with The Cava Kitchen Range

Cava Spanish Restaurant and Tapas Bar in Galway have just launched The Cava Kitchen Range. The range of handmade sauces, condiments and tapenades all feature on the popular Spanish Restaurant’s menu and are now available to buy in the restaurant.

Prices start from €3.00 and include the favourite Romesco Sauce (€4.50), a robust Tomato and Chorizo Sauce (€3.50), Spanish Tomato Sauce (€3.00) Piquillo Pepper Sauce (€5.00), Black Olive Tapenade (€4.50) and large juicy Marinated Spanish Olives (€3.50).

Each item is prepared in the busy Cava kitchen and stays true to the flavor and quality served in the restaurant. 20% off all items from the Cava Kitchen Range sold during the month of May will be donated to The Crumlin Children’s Hospital.

For more information on Cava and The Cava Kitchen Range see

Monday, May 9, 2011

Marketing Graduate 3 Month Internship Position

We’re on the hunt for a graduate who craves challenge, experience and an outlet for creativity. Working in an agency environment this internship is fast moving and will require a flexible can-do attitude. Mature, professional and hard working graduates only.

You will be working on a number of accounts and will take the lead on certain projects. This internship will provide invaluable hands-on experience however you must be willing to put in the time and commitment.

Tasks will include: social media management ,copy writing, digital marketing, reporting, time logging, internal sales and marketing, plus a myriad of other tasks. Making coffee will not be below you and writing a marketing proposal will not be above you.  Must be a car owner.  Basic expenses allowance.

Sound fun? Email with a cover letter and compelling argument as to why this position is yours and what you can bring to the mix. No C.V’s

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

PR Agencies only exist to push weak stories

During a recent interview with Photographer Conor Healy Pictures Editor of Metro - Herald Alan Caulfield said "the reason PR companies exist is to try to get coverage for things that wouldn’t normally make it into a paper on their own merits, and for cheaper than an advert would cost".

It's disappointing to read such misrepresentation of PR from a member of the media,  our industry partners. A good PR's job is to work with clients to create inticing campaigns, identify newsworthy stories, utilise tools online and offline to help promote solid businesses and products, gain press coverage by building a knowledge of what members of the media are interested in and pitching well- presented, factual stories and communicating this through images.

Working with journalists to bring to their attention stories that may be of interest for possible use in their particular subject area. That's a PR's job - well, in the traditional sense. Social media has of course opened up a whole new world where buyers can be communicated with directly, but that's for another day.

Although he did make an accurate observation of some of the more lazy PR photo calls "I can tell you some common clich├ęs in PR photos though: a subject or model posing with food and pretending to eat it; posing with two open laptops formed into a ‘tunnel’ and looking through them; posing inside a giant picture frame; ‘the minister and the model’; everybody in the photo jumping in the air at the same time".  Yes, cringe indeed.

Alan should spend an hour in a reputatable PR agency and see the work that's carried out. It's a lot more then banging out multiple generic press releases and getting photos of girls in bikinis.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Take Your Taste Buds For a Culinary Trip to Madrid This Month

During the month of May the capital city of Spain pulls out all the stops to showcase its culture, music and cuisine. This month, representing the colourful and diverse Spanish cuisine in Ireland, Cava Spanish Restaurant and Tapas Bar in Galway is featuring an array of special dishes and wines from Madrid.

Explore the tastes of the region with classic Madrid tapas such as meatballs, calamares and tortilla. Also, enjoy nightly specials such as Madrid-style marinated oxtail and free range pork fillet with piquillo pepper marmalade (pictured). For the month of May, Cava will also be offering two tapas and a glass of wine from Madrid for €15.

Not forgetting Madrid’s proud history of fine wines, headlining the line up at Cava, and recent visitors to Galway, are the wines from Bodegas Francisco Casas with their Camparron range. These renowned wines will be on special, with 20% off the Camparron bottles of wine.

Soak up the Madrid atmosphere in Cava this May, with live flamenco music to accompany your tapas and wine.

There’s only one think left to say - ‘Vamos’!

For more information see or phone 091 539 884. Advance booking is recommended.