Hi, we’re The Public House. Not the drinking kind, the thinking kind. Best to get that out of the way before we’re accused of false advertising. We started above a pub a few years ago, and since then, our aim has been to bring the spirit, character, and the wit of the Pub to the Irish advertising landscape. If you’re a courageous brand with global ambitions, let us be your local.
WHAT WE DO
We combine creativity, strategy, and global experience to help make our clients famous. We’re not here to add to the landscape of forgettable, ineffective ads. We want to grab headlines, get shared, connect with consumers, and move that line on your sales graph skyward. More than anything, we believe that the most dangerous thing for a brand to do is play it safe.
COLIN HART - FOUNDER & CREATIVE DIRECTOR
Not many people would set out to start an ad agency in the smoldering rubble of the Celtic Tiger fallout. But Colin Hart is not many people. After Art Directing his way around the world for places like DDB Japan, DDB Canada, M&C Saatchi Australia, and TBWA UK, he returned to Ireland and saw a dangerously outdated agency landscape. One brief at a time, Colin began building a more efficient, effective, creatively-led agency. Layers were removed, standards were raised, and Dublin has responded in kind, with the likes of Jameson, Paddy Power, JustEat, Goodfella’s and Ryanair all seeking out the agency’s edge and conviction. Colin believes that sometimes the ideas that make you a bit uncomfortable are the ones that pay off, and the growth of The Public House in a short amount of time is proof of that.
CATRÍONA CAMPBELL - MANAGING PARTNER
Catrióna has a twin sister, so it’s not quite accurate to say she’s one of a kind. But let’s run with that premise in an advertising sense. Cat has exacting standards and an insatiable curiosity when it comes to drilling down to the core of the brand, and ensuring strategy and creative are both centre stage in the final campaign. Spending the first decade of her career in London, she helped grow iris into a powerhouse agency before returning to Dublin, and applying her heart and hustle to The Public House. Along the way, she’s made her mark on brands like Cadbury, VW, Renault, Axa Insurance, Jameson, Midleton, and Green Spot. When she’s not thinking about brands, she’s daydreaming about Andy Murray.
JARROD BANADYGA - CREATIVE DIRECTOR
When Irish people complain about the weather, Jarrod scoffs at them. A light Irish drizzle is a huge upgrade from a Canadian Fargo-esque winter deep freeze in his books. Ireland’s balmy climate aside, Jarrod was brought to Dublin from Vancouver to bring his award-winning copywriting pedigree to The Public House’s roster of clients. Joining the agency in 2013, he brought with him a wide range of experience including Honda, Toyota, Subway, McDonald’s, EA Sports, Agent Provocateur, and Tourism Canada. He’s earned recognition at the Cannes Lions, The One Show, Communication Arts, New York Festivals and The Webbys. None of those hold a candle to his 1989 Alberta Spelling Bee Championship Trophy. Peaking early in life can be a dangerous thing.
ANNA RYAN - PLANNING DIRECTOR
Anna is well known within the industry as one of the best strategists in the business, and brings 15 years of experience having worked across brand, business and societal strategy projects both in Ireland and internationally.
With an ability to get under the skin of brands and consumer motivations, she’s won multiple ADFX awards for advertising effectiveness. She’s been the lead strategist across brands including Guinness, Irish Times, Jameson, and AIB. She’s made a mark in Canada as well, having helped build the planning department at TAXI Vancouver, one of North America’s most creatively awarded agencies.
Most recently, a career-defining opportunity took Anna to Kigali, Rwanda where she managed Insight and Strategy at the Girl Effect/Nike Foundation. Her branding and strategy instincts were put into action for an important cause, as she developed brand-led social change strategies focussing on the livelihoods and progression of adolescent girls.