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A seminal moment in Irish history re-created in a new campaign for Allianz Ireland

A seminal moment in Irish history re-created in a new campaign for Allianz Ireland

We are proud to launch a new campaign ‘We Cover Courage’ for Allianz Ireland. The first ad in the campaign recreates Minister for Education, Donogh O’Malley’s moment of courage in announcing free secondary school education in 1966 and features his son, the actor Daragh O’Malley, delivering his father’s famous speech.

We were inspired by the story of Minister O’Malley who, acting without the knowledge of his government, in 1966 announced free secondary school education for all children in Ireland. The announcement had not been approved by the Department of Finance, but Donogh knew once word was out, there was no going back.  In O’Malley’s eyes, free secondary school education was a human right. Today, Ireland has one of the highest rates of second-level completion in the EU.

This one act of monumental courage represents a pivotal point in Irish history and had major consequences for social mobility and cultural change.

The ad features extracts from the Minister’s speech and is delivered by his real son, the actor Daragh O’Malley [Withnail and I, Sharpe, Silent Witness].  Daragh delivering his father’s speech on the shoot was magical and it felt like we were there 53 years ago. It was an emotional moment for Daragh, who said it was one of the proudest moments of his career.

The campaign depicts true acts of courage by Irish people and helps reconnect customers to the idealistic roots of insurance,  reminding them that Allianz is there to support them when they face big and small choices that impact on their lives.

As the largest insurer of schools across Ireland, Allianz Ireland is proud of its deep and long-standing connection with Irish education, insuring over ninety percent of primary and over fifty percent of secondary schools across Ireland.  Sean McGrath, CEO, Allianz Ireland said. “With one statement, Minister O’Malley made free secondary education — an idea that had been circulated and debated, though never fully realised — a reality. It can be easy to overlook the huge courage it took to announce this, but he believed this would help us overcome poverty and once announced, it could not be taken back. Free education has been a core element of our society’s evolution.”

The campaign will be launching across TV, OOH, digital, sponsorship & PR.

Donogh’s  full speech has been recreated here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eoqV1JRHwCs&feature=youtu.be


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Client – Allianz Ireland

Robert McEvoy – Head of Market Management

Damien O’Neill – Head of Marketing Operations

Joseph Campbell – Marketing Communications Executive

Niamh Ryan – Marketing Communications Executive



Creative Agency – In the Company of Huskies

Creative Director: Damian Hanley

Art Director: Damian Hanley, Nick Kelly.

Copywriter: Greg McLoughlin

Business Director: Sarah Deeny

Account Manager: Kritika Verma

Senior Account Executive: Cillian McSweeney

Agency Producer: Brian Daly

Senior Designer: Nicole McMahon

Digital Strategy: David Hayes

Head of Social: Thomas Ryan


Production Co.: Pull The Trigger

Director: Richie Smith

Executive Producer: Maxine Brady

Producer: Grainne Tiernan


Post Production – Screenscene

Editor: Juniper Calder

Sound:  Will Farrell

Grade: Donal O’Kane

Compositing : Gavin Casey

Post Producer : Peter Greene


Photography – Neil MacDougald Photography