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The Bish Relocation

MKO’s Project Communications team managed the delivery of a strategically thought-out public consultation campaign for St Joseph’s Patrician College Galway (The Bish), a secondary school in Galway City, as they launched their plans to relocate to a green-field site from their historic home in Nun’s Island. MKO designed and implemented a media and stakeholder engagement campaign to highlight the need for a new school, to accommodate the growing numbers of pupils expected to enrol in The Bish over the coming years and to extol the benefits that a brand-new, state-of-the-art campus will provide for the city in the future.

The Bish Case study

Project challenges

Previous attempts to gain community support for this move were hampered, and some zoning issues needed to be addressed. Once the correct zoning conditions were in place, The Bish project team decided to move forward with their plans. The challenge was to ensure The Bish was proactive in announcing their new plans to all stakeholders, including near neighbours of the new school, local and national politicians, and the media.

This required careful consideration and planning, not just in the wording of updates but also in when they were delivered to the relevant stakeholders. The objective was to ensure that all stakeholders heard firsthand from The Bish project team of the updated plans and timelines. Thankfully this objective was achieved with the engagement campaign culminating in a well-organised and well-attended public consultation event.

Main services provided


Devised and implemented a communication strategy.


Project managed the production of a project video, including writing the video brief, scripting, scheduling and management of videographer.


Media and public affairs management.


Scripting of press releases and elected rep updates.


Scheduled elected rep meetings.


Designed a project website and Virtual Consultation Room.


Provided media training and booked radio interviews.


End-to-end management of the public information event.


Managed the project telephone number and email address.


Leaflets were dropped to near neighbours of the project.


Reported to The Bish project team on queries received.

Hike Group

“MKO recently provided support to St Joseph’s Patrician College in a community engagement role around planning for our new school facilities in Galway. They provided professional, thorough, and efficient support to the Board of Management and our school project team and we were very happy with the quality and timeliness of their service, which brought much-valued expertise and experience to our team.”

Bish project team

This Bish project team were delighted with the service provided by MKO and sent us the above testimonial

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