Who we are

Established in 1989, Drury | Porter Novelli is Ireland’s leading full service public relations agency. As part of the Porter Novelli network, we are truly a local agency with a global reach.

However, above all it is our people that make us stand out – energetic about supporting and challenging our clients in equal measure, we’re passionate about making a measurable impact in all that we do.

  • Anne-Marie Curran

  • Billy Murphy

  • Breena Cooper

  • Debbie Carrigy

  • Gerry Naughton

  • Anne-Marie Curran

    Managing Director, Drury | Porter Novelli

    Appointed managing director of Drury | Porter Novelli in June 2010, Anne-Marie joined the agency in 2004. Anne-Marie combines her management role with strategic client support on a wide range of assignments and acts as a senior consultant on many of the firm's retained accounts, taking an active role in special project work. She has worked on several large crisis projects in particular those involving litigation and major transactions in the infrastructure, financial services, logistics, and food and beverage sectors.

    Her work with her favoured charities, the Oesophageal Cancer Fund and Orbis Ireland has seen her make a dress from lollipops and run 10k in Ethiopia. A graduate of University College Dublin, there's a theme of three with Anne-Marie. She hails from Meath, Donegal and Kerry and she holds a DIT Masters in Public Relations, a Kings Inn Diploma in Legal Studies and a Diploma in Life Coaching. 

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  • Billy Murphy

    Chairman, Drury | Porter Novelli

    With over 30 years experience, Billy has been to the forefront of the public relations sector in Ireland since he co-founded Drury | Porter Novelli in 1989. Always a calm voice, Billy has advised on some of Ireland’s most high profile business stories and most difficult corporate challenges over that time. However, much of his best work has been lower profile where he brings experienced insights, sound perspectives and effective solutions to clients. He is a much sought after counsel to many of Ireland’s influential business leaders. Billy is a Fellow of the Public Relations Institute of Ireland.

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  • Breena Cooper

    Client Director, Drury | Porter Novelli

    Self-proclaimed lover of shoes and addicted to all things beauty-related, Breena is passionate about lifestyle, fashion and beauty PR. Having worked with lifestyle brands for over 12 years, Breena has a deep understanding of how to get top class results for her clients. Over the course of her career, she has worked on a wide range of consumer brands including brands from the L'Oreal portfolio, Vichy and La Roche-Posay.

    She is currently client director on the Littlewoods Ireland account - as well as Nivea, Vita Coco and Peroni Nastro Azzurro. Breena is a big advocate of digital/social PR and has vast experience in creating integrated campaigns that help brands communicate in the digital world.  Breena holds a Diploma in Digital Marketing and a BBS Degree in Marketing & Languages.

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  • Debbie Carrigy

    Office Support, Drury | Porter Novelli

    Managing front of house for the Drury | Porter Novelli team, Debbie is a dynamic professional who has extensive experience working as a receptionist, personal assistant and PR executive. Passionate about singing, Debbie occasionally performs at weddings and corporate events.

    Having worked previously with a large Dublin agency, Debbie gained invaluable experience in public relations. In recent years she worked in the charitable sector while on contract with The Atlantic Philanthropies, a global foundation. An exceptionally skilled organiser with strengths in administration, event management and communications, Debbie is delighted to be back in PR, her first love. She has collected a few diplomas over the years, in Public Relations, Digital Marketing and Personal & Executive Coaching.

  • Gerry Naughton

    Client Director, Drury | Porter Novelli

    A native of Dublin, Gerry has a wealth of experience in the public affairs arena, straddling the political and public sector environment. He was Political Director with Fine Gael from 2003 to 2009 where he worked closely with the party leadership and contributed to the party's political recovery. During a 20 year career in the civil service he served as a Programme Manager and Private Secretary to a number of Ministers. Gerry was Director of Government and Media Relations at the Institute of Chartered Accountants from 1997 to 2002 and he was responsible for Communications at InjuriesBoard.ie before he joined Drury | Porter Novelli.

    Gerry works with a large number of clients on political issues. He also provides strategic advice to clients who want to develop or sharpen their message as well as practical training for those undertaking media interviews and profiles.

    Outside of politics, his interests revolve mainly around the Dubs and Liverpool FC.

  • Grace Carroll

  • Iarla Mongey

  • John Byrne

  • John Morrissey

  • Karen Ferris

  • Grace Carroll

    Client Executive, Drury | Porter Novelli

    Grace joined Drury | Porter Novelli in 2013 after making the transition from marketing into public relations. Her marketing background gave her extensive experience in the Irish retail sector where she had an opportunity to work with interesting brands, predominately in the technology sector. Grace loves social media and is a huge fan of observational tweets and anything quirky.

    Grace travelled extensively with her family during her childhood and considers herself a 'citizen of the world' who loves experiencing new cultures and chasing the sun. She is extremely passionate about sports and has been an active player of rugby union for over ten years. Grace holds an MA in Public Relations and a BA in Marketing from DIT.

  • Iarla Mongey

    Director, Drury | Porter Novelli

    Iarla Mongey has worked in public affairs, government communications and journalism for over 20 years. He joined Drury | Porter Novelli as its Head of Public Affairs in 2005 having served as the Deputy Government Press Secretary, and was official press secretary for then Tánaiste Mary Harney, since 2000. Iarla began his career in local radio broadcasting and worked in RTE in the mid 1990's. He later served as political correspondent with syndicated news service INN and was based at Leinster House for almost 3 years.

    One of the most insightful advisers on the Irish political establishment and the media landscape, Iarla has a highly informed perspective on the workings of Government, the Oireachtas and Public Service and has specialist expertise in public affairs, stakeholder engagement, and issues and reputation management. At Drury | Porter Novelli he advises a range of clients from CRH PLC, Rehab Group, AIB, the Cement Manufacturers of Ireland, Tallaght Hospital, Stafford Group Holdings and Alexion Pharma.

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  • John Byrne

    Client Manager, Drury | Porter Novelli

    John joined Drury | Porter Novelli in 2013 as a public affairs client manager having previously worked for over three years as a policy and media advisor in Leinster House for a Government TD.

    An established communications professional, John's expertise lies in the areas of strategic communications, stakeholder engagement and issues management. In addition, John complements his public affairs role with his considerable public policy and consultation experience gained in previous positions as an urban planner.

    John currently works with a range of Drury | Porter Novelli's corporate clients, business representative organisations and public bodies. A graduate of University College Dublin, he holds an honours BA degree and an honours Masters in Regional and Urban Planning. 

  • John Morrissey

    Finance, Drury | Porter Novelli

    John joined Drury | Porter Novelli in 2007. John is a key member of the finance team, primarily responsible for AP & AR, and also provides key support across the month end process.

    John’s strong focus on detail, his reliability and sunny disposition make him a valued member of the finance department for clients, suppliers and colleagues alike.

    Prior to joining Drury | Porter Novelli, John held finance positions in Otis Elevator, Coca Cola & Bank of Queensland.

    John holds a degree in IT & Telecoms from University of Limerick and is currently in his final year of his ACCA qualification.

  • Karen Ferris

    Client Director, Drury | Porter Novelli

    Karen Ferris is a client director with Drury | Porter Novelli, with over ten years communications experience. Karen’s expertise lies in the area of development and implementation of strategic communications plans, media and stakeholder communications and issue and crisis management. She brings a real passion and energy to her work, driven by the objective of delivering results and building strong relationships with clients.

    Karen works with large PLCs from Paddy Power to Greencore and public sector clients such as Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland and InterTradeIreland. Karen is very active on communications for large scale infrastructure projects and has completed a Best Practice Consultation course with the Consultation Institute in the UK.

    Karen was a student of public administration and worked as a tutor in Local Government while completing her Masters in Peace & Development Studies at the University of Limerick.

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  • Laura Mannion

  • Louise Walsh

  • Luke McDonnell

  • Maria Hynes

  • Martha Kavanagh

  • Laura Mannion

    Client Manager, Drury | Porter Novelli

    Laura joined Drury | Porter Novelli in August 2007 and specialises in creating high-impact and creative PR campaigns that deliver on objectives. She holds an honours degree in English and Media Studies from the University of Ulster and an MA in Public Relations from DIT. Laura currently works with consumer clients such as The Doyle Collection, Peroni Nastro Azzurro, Discover Farmhouse Cheese, Littlewoods Ireland, Nivea, and Philanthropy Ireland.

    Part of Laura’s remit is to continually refresh and revive the well-known brands that she works on and she has been involved in several high profile campaigns including the One Percent Difference Campaign, Dublin Fashion Festival and the Peroni Moda Awards.

    A number of Laura’s campaigns have been highly commended by the PRII including Dine in Dublin, The Mater Private and several campaigns with Vodafone Ireland including the launch of Vodafone 360, World of Difference and Paperless Billing, all Vodafone Ireland.

  • Louise Walsh

    Client Executive, Drury | Porter Novelli

    Louise joined the Drury | Porter Novelli team in 2014 as a client executive. She works across clients from a variety of sectors including corporate, not-for-profit, hospitality and technology PR. As part of the corporate PR team, Louise's clients include The Open University, McDonald’s, HP and The Doyle Collection.

    Louise joined the team from Griffith College Dublin where she worked as a Marketing Executive. Prior to this she worked as an Account Executive with Limelight Communications. Louise holds a BA in English and New Media from the University of Limerick and an MA in Public Relations from Dublin Institute of Technology.

  • Luke Mc Donnell

    Client Executive, Drury | Porter Novelli

    Working across corporate and consumer accounts, Luke develops and manages digital strategies for some of the world’s most innovative brands, and provides support to the corporate team through the development and implementation of client’s communications strategies.

    Energetic and hard working, Luke enjoys undertaking new challenges which add to his knowledge and skillset so that he can advise clients on the most up to date tools and tactics in a rapidly changing communications environment. Luke currently works with a range of corporate and consumer clients including ACCA, Aurivo, InterTradeIreland, Vita Coco and popchips amongst others.

    A graduate of DIT, Luke holds an MA in Public Relations and a BSc in Retail and Services Management.

  • Maria Hynes

    Client Manager, Drury | Porter Novelli

    Maria joined Drury | Porter Novelli in August 2012 as a client manager.

    With several years PR experience, Maria brings both a creative and strategic approach to her client work across corporate, technology and project communications. Maria’s expertise lies in strategic communications, media relations and public consultation.

    Maria currently works with a range of clients across multinationals, state agencies and SMEs. Maria holds a BSc in Architecture and a diploma in Public Relations from the Fitzwilliam Institute.

  • Martha Kavanagh

    Director, Drury | Porter Novelli

    Martha is a director with ten years experience in corporate and brand communications, and reputation management across sectors including retail, technology, healthcare, leisure and financial services. She is passionate about achieving the very best results for her clients and has developed and led several PRII award winning campaigns in recent years.

    Prior to joining Drury | Porter Novelli in 2006, she worked with Enterprise Ireland in its Paris office. She holds a diploma in digital marketing and is a graduate of DCU, with a First Class Honours MA in International Relations and a BA in Applied Languages. Originally from Wexford, she is a fluent French speaker and is partial to yoga, retail therapy, running, cycling and general gallivanting.

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  • Morwenna Rice

  • Nicky Crichton

  • Paddy Hughes

  • Sinead Birt

  • Morwenna Rice

    Client Manager, Drury | Porter Novelli

    With more than seven years experience in corporate, healthcare, crisis communications and not-for-profit PR she is used to working with busy clients in a range of sectors including education, tourism and aviation, energy, enterprise and health awareness. She has a proven track record in devising and implementing creative and effective PR campaigns and has been involved in a number of campaigns that won PRII Awards of Excellence.

    Prior to joining the agency, Morwenna worked in New Zealand on one of her trips around the world and previously worked in FleishmanHillard and Corporate Reputations.

    Morwenna holds an honours degree in Geography and Sociology from UCD and a diploma in PR and event management from Fitzwilliam Institute. Passionate about rugby and music Morwenna can usually be found in the stands of the RDS or at summer festivals at the weekends.

  • Nicky Crichton

    Client Director, Drury | Porter Novelli

    Nicky is Head of Brand Communications at Drury | Porter Novelli. Nicky has worked with some of the world’s largest and most recognisable brand names, developing strategic brand and integrated PR campaigns. With over 15 years experience, her areas of expertise include FMCG, retail, lifestyle and travel sectors. She has a proven track record in creating and delivering ground breaking PR campaigns and has been awarded several PRII Awards of Excellence.

    Nicky currently advises a range of clients including Littlewoods Ireland, GloHealth and Connacht Gold amongst others.

    Prior to joining the agency, Nicky was a Director of MCsquared and also worked in FleishmanHillard. Nicky is a full member of the Marketing Institute of Ireland and the PRII, and holds a BA in European Studies with French & German and a Diploma in Public Relations.

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  • Paddy Hughes

    Director, Drury | Porter Novelli

    With over two decades experience in corporate and financial public relations, Paddy Hughes has advised and worked with the boards and senior management teams of leading national and multinational companies across a range of sectors.  He advises clients in relation to a broad range of corporate related activity such as strategic communications, reputation management, mergers and acquisitions, IPOs, financial restructurings, issues and crisis management.

    Having worked as press officer with a major multinational, Paddy joined Drury | Porter Novelli in 1996 and was appointed to its Board in 2005. Paddy is a former board director of the Public Relations Consultants Association and a former President of the Public Relations Institute of Ireland.

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  • Sinead Birt

    Director, Drury | Porter Novelli

    Finance Director and company Secretary, Sinead joined Drury | Porter Novelli in 2007. Sinead has 12 years experience in finance and is responsible for the financial and commercial management of all aspects of the business in addition to all governance and company secretarial duties. Alongside her core role, Sinead manages the support services of the business including IT and HR.

    Sinead’s attention to detail and great understanding of the role of communications in business make her a valued support to our clients as well as guaranteeing the excellent financial performance of Drury | Porter Novelli. Prior to joining Drury | Porter Novelli, Sinead held finance positions in the banking and energy sectors in Ireland.

    Sinead holds a BSc in Finance from Queens University Belfast, is ACCA qualified and a fellow member of the ACCA.

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