The Irish Young Lions have returned from the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity, capping off an exhilarating journey with some remarkable results.

IAPI is thrilled to announce that the Irish contingent have secured a Silver Medal in the Design category and achieved two shortlists in the Digital and Young Marketers categories.

Silver Winners for the Design Category, Amber Redmond and Paddy Collins, both designers at Slater Design, have made Ireland proud with their remarkable achievement.

Amber Redmond shared her excitement, saying, "Winning silver feels like a dream, but also that I’m in that dream and have yet to wake up. The whole process, from receiving the brief to the announcements, was a whirlwind. The brief for an exhibition space allowed us full creative freedom and was a learning experience I will never forget. The experience has been amazing, especially working together under tight time constraints. We can't wait to see what's next."

Paddy Collins added, " Representing Ireland in Cannes among the world's best talent has been surreal. It’s easy to feel imposter syndrome in the creative industry, and self-doubt can quickly start to creep in.

Winning Silver is an absolute dream come true, and what a boost in confidence to have our work recognised at this level. This experience taught me to back myself, even under a 24-hour deadline.

A massive thank you to all the support we’ve had from work, IAPI, friends and family along the way - we couldn’t have done it without yous! What a way to end an incredible week with some of the best young talent in Ireland!

Their fellow shortlisted teams include:

Digital Category: Georgia Murphy, Strategist, and Lorna Tutty, Senior Strategist, Droga5 Dublin

Young Marketers Category: Emmet Mahony, Insights & Planning Executive, and Lauren McKay, Senior Brand Manager, Diageo

Charley Stoney, CEO of IAPI, expressed her happiness in the accomplishments of the Young Lions: “IAPI is immensely proud of all our young lions. Their success at the Cannes Lions Festival is a testament to the incredible young talent and hard work within our industry. Being the official representatives of the festival, it’s delightful to see such outstanding results. Wins like this make all the hard work worth it. Heartfelt thanks go to Cannes Lions Festival Organisers for providing this platform where our young creatives can shine.”

Massive thanks to the Irish Young Lions sponsors: Aer Lingus, Business Post, Droga5 Dublin, Enterprise Ireland, Pull The Trigger, Smurfit Kappa, and Sky Media Ireland. Their support has been instrumental in enabling young talent to participate and succeed in this prestigious competition.

As these achievements are celebrated, there is a strong focus on nurturing and supporting more young talent in the future. The journey of the Irish Young Lions is testament to the vibrant and dynamic creative community in Ireland, and IAPI is excited to see what the future holds.

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