Beachhut works with innovative and driven people in venture backed technology companies. Our aim is to deliver the best branding, marketing and communications to clients with the ambition to compete in a global marketplace. Following diverse strategic plans tailored to our client’s aspirations, Beachhut offers a full service media outreach with connections in Dublin, London, New York, San Francisco, Europe and Asia-Pacific.
Paul Hayes, CEO Founder
Campaign and Event Strategy and Relationships
At Beachhut, Paul drives strategy for a wide variety of tech clients in multiple verticals and geographies. He is known as one of the best connectors in the Irish tech ecosystem and has mentored over 150 startups through Launchpad, DCU Ryan Academy and the LuceyFund.
Paul has extensive experience in technology communications and notably developed the messaging for early Irish tech success stories such as Havok and Demonware. An accomplished host of many technology events in Ireland and abroad, he has delivered innovative marketing strategies at international trade shows such as GDC and SxSW. He was a founder of Games Ireland.
Originally from Thurles, Paul has lately developed a passion for cycling and does Paris-Nice to support local paralympian, Peter Ryan.
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Maurice Collins, Chief Operating Officer
Product Messaging Specialist
As well as running operations for Beachhut, Maurice works with clients to develop powerful product messaging, in some cases clarifying and building on a strong existing product vision and in other cases working up a product strategy from the concept stage.
Maurice’s experience spans a number of technology sectors, as Head of Product and in business development and commercial roles. Transitioning into PR and Communications, he has brought a passion for technology and the business of innovation.
Niall McLoughlin, Managing Director
Niall has been a leader in both the Communications and Non-profit sector for over 20 years. He began his career in Fleishman Hillard, prior to setting up his own PR consultancy, Ross Communications.
Transitioning into the Non-profit sector, Niall used his entrepreneurial and commercial skills to drive growth in both Irish and international organisations. As CEO of the Irish Youth Foundation, he collaborated with some of Ireland’s top Blue Chip companies delivering best in class CSR campaigns and events. Most recently he was CEO of World Vision Ireland, part of the world’s largest NGO. Niall is a creative and strategic thinker motivated by values/mission, high standards and committed to getting results.
Richard Forde, Account Director
International Communications Expert
Richard is expert in the global technology landscape, having worked across many sectors including technology, media & marketing. He has worked with some of the largest tech companies and influential startups across the globe working to boost their profile through coverage in high profile international outlets, spanning web, print and TV.
Prior to joining our International PR team, Richard has worked at Web Summit, leading on PR activities, strategy, content and media relations. He brokered commercial partnerships with global media outlets like The Washington Post, CNBC, Forbes, Fox News and Vogue. He has dealt with some of the world’s leading tech and business journalists.
Maria Diviney, Account Director
Maria is head of international outreach at Beachhut. Drawing on a wealth of experience in technology communication, she works with clients to boost their thought leadership profiles and secure coverage in high profile international outlets, spanning web, print and TV.
For the past decade she has helped clients communicate with a more global audience. Maria was a partner at Shepard Fox Communications where she managed localised international B2B and B2C strategies for prominent technology multinationals and European institutions like the European Patent Office. For several years, she coordinated global PR strategies for the prestigious European Inventor Award, securing global coverage and attracting the world’s leading technology and science media journalists. Maria is a graduate of the Dublin Institute of Technology with a master’s degree in public relations and a European Jos Willems PR award winner.
Stacey Connolly, Senior Account Manager
An expert in communications and strategy, Stacey has worked with some of the largest tech companies and emerging startups in Ireland working to boost their national and international profile through coverage from niche trade publications to high profile outlets, spanning web, print, TV, podcasts and radio.
Having completed her postgraduate degree in Digital Marketing from DCU, Stacey worked as a digital marketing consultant helping clients to improve their social media activities and increase brand awareness before turning her hand to public relations. Stacey curates the Startup Digest for Dublin and can be found promoting tech and business events in your inbox every week.
Nicole Jung, Account Manager
European Communications Specialist
Specialised in impactful public relations campaigns in European countries, Nicole has over 16 years experience in international PR, both in-house and agency.
Fully bilingual in English, Nicole has directed PR campaigns across Europe for global clients from a variety of industries such as finance/banking, health and pharmaceutical, energy infrastructure & logistics. Originally from Austria, Nicole loves crafting and executing PR strategies, uncovering the story in what seems boring, copy-writing, high quality localisations in German. Before joining Beachhut’s international PR team, Nicole was leading the Public Relations and Public Affairs Team of the German-Irish Chamber of Industry and Commerce.
Conor McManus, Account Manager
Conor works with clients in various industries including financial services, micromobility solutions and ecommerce. Conor has over 10 years experience of leading successful public relations campaigns for companies, both domestic and internationally, across a number of sectors including telecommunications, transport, aviation and technology. He has a strong background in planning and executing communication strategies for corporate and consumer clients.
He has an MA in Public Affairs and Political Communications from Dublin Institute of Technology and has worked on and managed several political and public affairs campaigns.
Harry Bradshaw, Senior Account Executive
A graduate of Dublin City University, Harry previously worked for Teneo’s Strategic Advisement and Corporate Comms arm in Dublin and joined the Beachhut team in May 2019 while studying a Masters in PR and Strategic Comms in DCU.
He now works as lead Senior Account Executive across the International client base and has experience working on integrated communications campaigns for technology, health and corporate sectors.
Rachael O’Hehir, Account Executive
Rachael joined Beachhut in 2021 where she works across a variety of clients who are leaders within their industries such as Fintech and Fashion tech.
Rachael graduated with a masters degree in Human Rights and Democratisation in 2019 and is interested in sustainable technology and tech for good. Before joining Beachhut, Rachael held positions in a number of UN organisations where she assisted with their internal and external communications and advocacy, and she was also part of rebranding and capacity building exercises. Rachael also worked for a leading Independent TD where she helped with community and media outreach.
James Nolan, Account Executive
James holds an undergraduate degree in Journalism and completed a Masters degree in Public Relations & Strategic Communication, both from Dublin City University.
As a news and sports reporter, James has contributed to a number of media titles such as The Irish Independent, Wicklow People, Wicklow News, The College View, East Coast FM and Newstalk’s Off The Ball. James joined Beachhut in March 2021 as an Account Executive working across a variety of Ireland’s most interesting scaling technology companies in sectors such as retail, health, transport and software.
Ethan Conroy, Account Executive
Ethan completed a B.A. in Sports Management before gaining a Masters in Public Relations from the Technological University Dublin. Ethan joined the Beachhut team having previously completed an internship in the brand and consumer and sports sponsorship departments of Teneo in Dublin.
As an Account Executive, Ethan has experience working in a variety of sectors including health tech and automotive industries.