About The Communications Clinic

Who We Are and What We Do

We specialise in communications- writing, talking, negotiating, interviewing, broadcasting and listening. Our people were pioneers in this industry forty years ago and we’ve been dedicated to being the best since then. Whether it be in PR, Training, Careers or Crisis Communications we provide expert advice and practical solutions. We help you persuade, influence, convince, befriend, sell, assure, impart and connect. And we do it whether ‘you’ are a company trying to build your reputation, or a candidate trying to win a new job, or a manager giving a big presentation, or a press officer immersed in media.

How We Do It

The services we offer are diverse but our approach has a few consistent and ever-present themes. The advice and training we provide is practical, honest and to the point. And the consultants who deliver our services are experienced, expert and entirely dedicated to our clients. If you want a service that isn’t listed on these pages, give us a shout and we’ll see if we can tailor something for your needs. We work with some of the biggest organizations in Ireland. We’ve helped multinationals and global brands. And we've also helped thousands of individuals.

About Anton
Anton Savage
Managing Director
About Terry
Terry Prone
Chairman
About Eoghan
Eoghan McDermott
Director & Head of Training
About Daragh
Daragh O'Shaughnessy
Non-Executive Director
What our clients think
In 2017 All Ireland Institute of Hospice and Palliative Care (AIIHPC) commissioned The Communications Clinic to support media engagement for our all-island annual Palliative Care Week campaign. The Communications Clinic were highly professional and were a very positive addition to the campaign team. Palliative Care Week secured significant coverage across TV, radio, print and online media. The Communications Clinic maintained very positive and supportive interactions with AIIHPC and with the three people who shared their palliative care experiences and generously agreed to be involved in the campaign.
I was a journalist before I was an author, so I know all about publicity – how hard it is to get. And folks, Aileen Gaskin is an expert. She finds angles I never thought of. If you can grab her to work with you, then do.

Cathy Kelly, Best-Selling Author

People tell me my public interviews and television appearances are 'so natural'. They look at me with amused confusion when I tell them that I prepare for EVERY radio and television appearance with media trainer Lorcan Nyhan. Working with Lorcan allows me to construct my thoughts and opinions in a clear way. The sessions I have at The Communications Clinic allow me to be free of nerves and panic, letting me be more genuine, real and natural. When it came to getting publicity for my book, I had to actively ask Aileen, my publicist, for a break because she had lined up interviews and features across almost every national and regional media outlet.

Stefanie Preissner - Writer & Actress

The Rory Foundation find The Communications Clinic to be an essential partner in our activity. They deliver excellence in a pressurised fast moving environment with good humour. A truly professional team.

Barry Funston, Chief Executive, The Rory Foundation

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Anton Savage

Managing Director

Previously General Manager Carr Communications. Head of Public Relations Carr Communications.

Anton has advised clients ranging from Cabinet Ministers, the CEO’s and Chairmen of some of Ireland’s largest PLC’s through to members of the Catholic Hierarchy and CEO’s of global charities.

Anton has lectured in NUIG, Smurfit Business School and The Irish Defence Forces Command and Staff School.

He has been a columnist with Sunday Independent, freelance contributor to the Irish Independent, Irish Daily Mail, Irish Mail on Sunday and The Herald, and has contributed to Today with Pat Kenny, the Marian Finucane Show, the Dave Fanning Show, Primetime, Ireland AM, Seoige, Tonight with Vincent Browne, The Last Word and The Ian Dempsey Breakfast Show.

He has been stand-in presenter on The Tubridy Show, The Last Word, TV3’s Ireland AM and The Seven O’Clock Show. He presented The Sunday Business Show, Savage Sunday and The Anton Savage Show on Today FM and The Apprentice, You’re Fired! on TV3.

He currently writes a weekly column for The Herald.

Terry Prone

Chairman

Terry is a leading advisor on reputation management and crisis handling to corporations, Governments and individuals. As Managing Director of Carr Communications, she expanded its reach to provide training and consultancy in seventeen overseas companies. In 2009, she succeeded Tom Savage as Chairman of The Communications Clinic.

Terry has published 29 books including eight critically-acclaimed novels, an award-winning collection of short stories and more than a dozen practical guidebooks, including This Business of Writing for the Institute of Chartered Accountants.

She has contributed to The Irish Times, The London Times, the Irish Independent, The Sunday Telegraph, The Guardian, The Daily Mail and The Readers Digest. She has a weekly column with The Irish Examiner.

From the age of 11, she has appeared regularly on radio and TV in Ireland, and in recent years on BBC TV, UTV, NBC, CBC and The World Service.

Terry is the speechwriter for captains of industry, Government Ministers and European Commissioners.

She is the most frequently-used crisis management consultant in Ireland, dealing with issues as diverse as blackmail, terror threats, industrial accidents and medical scandals.

 

Eoghan McDermott

Director & Head of Training

As Head of Training and Careers, Eoghan’s expertise has added innovation in course development and in-service training. He is charged with the internal development of staff in The Communications Clinic.

He regularly provides advice, consultancy and training to people from government departments and agencies, political parties and international organisations in industries as varied as banking and finance, accountancy, legal, pharma, engineering and building materials, sport, media, insurance and telecoms.

Eoghan has lectured in UCD Smurfit Business School, DCU and the National College of Ireland. He is also communications and media adviser to a number of Ireland’s top sportspeople from Gaelic Games, Rugby, Soccer, Boxing and Athletics.

He has contributed to the Irish Independent, Irish Times, Irish Examiner, Sunday Times, Sunday Independent, and regularly contributes to a variety of local and national radio shows including Today FM’s The Last Word.

Daragh O'Shaughnessy

Non-Executive Director

Daragh holds a B.A. (Mod) Mathematics and Philosophy and is a Chartered Tax Adviser and Associate of the Irish Tax Institute.

He is a non-executive director of The Communications Clinic and a tax adviser to a wide variety of personal and corporate clients, from SMEs to the Irish operations of multinational companies and High Net Worth Individuals to sole traders.

He regularly provides lectures on tax matters with accreditation from the professional accountancy bodies, and his articles on tax issues have been published in the Irish Tax Review, Accountancy Ireland, Accountancy Plus and the Law Society Gazette. He has also provided commentary on personal finance matters on radio and TV.

Daragh spent many years as a contributor to the educational process of the Irish Tax Institute, and he was the inaugural chairman of iScoil, Ireland’s first virtual school, geared at helping to re-engage early school leavers.

 

 

 

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