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Cannes Young Lions Prepare For the Final Hurdle

IAPI’s Irish team of 14 Young Lions will be competing over the next three weeks as they go head-to-head in the global Cannes Young Lions competition against many other extremely talented and creative professionals.

The competitions will run over a three-week period from 24th May – 15th June.
Each competition will run over 3 days. Teams will be briefed and judged live via Zoom. Teams have just 24 hours to create their campaigns and submit their work using the Young Lions entry system.​

IAPI CEO Charley Stoney says, “Without a doubt, the last year has been hard on all the teams (who were expecting a fabulous trip to Cannes) and IAPI honestly appreciate their determination, dedication, and passion for the industry as they take part in this amazing global competition that is being run online for the first time ever.”

The teams are as follows:


Lughan Deane, Consultant, Murray

Orna Clarke, Consultant, Murray


Helen O’Higgins, Art Director, JWT Folk

Ben Fraser, Digital Strategist, Havas Dublin


Rafael Ferla, Art Director, JWT Folk

Raphael Silva, Motion Designer, Rothco


Sacha Noyes, Strategic Planner, Publicis Dublin

Jessie DeBoe, Creative, Dentsu Achtung!, Amsterdam


Jack Connolly, Media Manager, Group M

Emily Carew, Account Manager, Group M

Young Marketers

Oisin Hayes, Marketing Communications Executive, Fáilte Ireland

Aoife Bolger, Marketing Communications Executive, Fáilte Ireland


Georgia Stevenson, Producer, BBDO Dublin

Sinead Farrelly, Producer, BBDO Dublin

The Irish round of the Cannes Young Lions competition is sponsored by Core, Choose Radio, Facebook, Independent News & Media (INM), Public Relations Institute (PRII)/Public Relations Consultants Association (PRCA), Pull the Trigger, Sky and Smurfit Kappa.

IAPI and all the Young Lions supporters, agencies and sponsors wish them the very best of luck and hope that there is some gold in store in the next few weeks. Follow on IAPI social media channels for updates and fingers crossed.  #CYLIreland


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