PR guru to launch Donegal design
will have a chance to meet one of the country's
leading PR gurus when she officially launches the
Donegal Design Directorate Skillnet on September 16.
The free breakfast event will mark the start of a
new programme promoting the value of design to local
businesses and will offer advice on how a brand can
be packaged and communicated to maximum effect. Ms
Prone will be joined by Philip Carder, chief
executive of Magee Clothing and Garry Cohn, creative
director at Douglas Wallace, one of the biggest
architecture firms in Ireland.
Terry Prone has advised
almost every taoiseach since Jack Lynch, and was
recently seconded to the Department of the
Environment as chief communications adviser. Philip
Carder joined Magee Clothing in 1994, heading up its
weaving operations before moving to the clothing
division in 2000. The Donegal company is a good
example of how a business revitalised itself through
the effective use of design and branding.
Garry Cohn is a former professor of design at New
York’s Fashion Institute of Technology and ran his
own successful design company
in the US before
joining Douglas Wallace in 2006. Douglas Wallace has
180 staff and an annual turnover of €20m.
The event will be held in the Radisson Hotel,
Letterkenny, to launch the new Donegal Design
Directorate programme for 2008 to 2009 programme.
The new schedule will include networking events,
conferences, subsidised training courses and a
series of best practice visits will be announced.
The launch kicks off with a free networking
breakfast at 8.30am. To reserve your place or to
find out more please contact design network manager
Donna McFadden on 074 9160735 or email