He Brought You The Gathering


John Concannon (left) and chief medical officer Tony Holohan

This morning.

“Communications guru” John Concannon, formerly of the Strategic Communications Unit, Creative Ireland, The Gathering, Discover Ireland, the Wild Atlantic Way, and Fáilte Ireland, begins his new role of managing the State’s communication on Covid-19.



What are they building?


Related: Taoiseach appoints communications guru to manage coronavirus information campaign (Fionnan Sheahan, Irish Independent)


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19 thoughts on “He Brought You The Gathering

    1. Otis Blue

      Doubt it’s a volunteer role. Still, he knows his stuff and is a decent fella by all accounts.

        1. steve white

          That doesn’t make it better, it was his approach that was the problem, is there going to be more government native advertising in newspapers?

    1. millie vanilly strikes again

      I’m absolutely shocking at it myself, as evidenced by my teaching skills this week. The young wan teaching me as Gaeilge, not the other way round.

      I quite regret my lack of skill with the language now.

      1. Paulus

        I’d recommend Garry Bannister’s “What’s that as Gaeilge”

        He also has a dictionary of English-Irish slang called “Kiss My…”
        The latter is very much no-holds-barred; and quite funny.

        1. millie vanilly strikes again

          Cheers for the rec, Paulus. Was even thinking of breaking out the aul duolingo app to try and brush up on the Irish. I’ll check these out too

      2. theo kretschmar schuldorff

        While colouring in the crucified Christ for homework recently, Theo Jr put forward the view that the Romans were a bad bunch.
        I felt the need to point to the development of utilities, and new forms of architecture etc.. the whole scene was pleasingly akin to what-have-the-romans-ever-done-for-us.

  1. GiggidyGoo

    And what about social distancing John/Tony?

    John needs reminding of Tony’s performance in the cervical smear debacle before extolling virtues such as those he mentioned – ‘Unquestionable integrity, decency ‘

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