Our offices at 24 Arran Quay

If Real Nation did offices – they would all look like our landmark right in heart of Dublin City Centre. Situated in Smithfield, overlooking the Liffey, our renovated former bank has been designed to match our old-world charm and our creative personality.

Drop us a line at:

info@realnation.ie

Give us a call:

+353 (1) 522 4800

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Managing
Director

  • Aidine Calvert, M.Ed
    Aidine Calvert, M.Ed
    Managing Director

Contact Events:

info@realnation.ie

Give us a call:

+353 (1) 522 4800

Education
Department

  • Ruth Connolly
    Ruth Connolly
    Head of Education

Contact Education:

info@realnation.ie

Give us a call:

+353 (1) 522 4800

Events &
Experiential

  • Luke Calvert
    Luke Calvert
    Client Engagement Director

Contact Experiential:

info@realnation.ie

Give us a call:

+353 (1) 522 4800

Design
Department

  • Gayle D’Souza
    Gayle D’Souza
    Head of Design

Contact Design:

designer@realnation.ie

Give us a call:

+353 (1) 522 4800

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Aidine Calvert, M.Ed
Managing Director

Former teacher Aidine O’Reilly (B.A., H.Dip, M.Ed – Masters in Education) founded the company in 2000 on the back of her ‘Masters in Education’ creation, which became ‘The Coca-Cola Form and Fusion Awards’. This programme grew to include 12,000 participants & 13,000 audience, responsible for and recognition in the Government White Paper as the reason for the 22% increase in students choosing Art & Design as a Career between 2000 & 2008. Under Aidine’s direction, Real Nation has evolved to become an award-winning specialist Behavioural Change agency currently employing 50 staff across four departments Education / Experiential / Events / Design.

Aidine’s primary role is twofold: Strategy and quality control on educational programmes and as the Artistic Director of all our Events. Aidine’s knowledge of the educational landscape is unparalleled and under her guidance, the Real Nation educational team has grown to include 30 staff (9 of whom are former teachers), Educational Resource Manager, Head of Education and Educational Strategist and a wider Teaching Panel. This dept is responsible for managing educational projects and events in the areas of; Health / Environment/ Business & Technology/ The Arts, and has reached over 7.8million teachers and students in the past 17 years. As a former ‘Art & Design’ teacher, Aidine also gets to work creatively with the event team to visualise each event at its aesthetic optimum. The look and feel of all our events are very important to us and our clients, so we strive to embed the wow factor on each event regardless of budget.

Ruth Connolly
Head of Education

In her role as Head of Education within Real Nation, Ruth manages a growing team of 30 staff in the project management of 27 schools programmes and events, ensuring the educational integrity and operational success of all programmes with the Department.

Ruth has seen continued development in her roles with Real Nation and has an influence on all educational programmes implemented and managed by Real Nation. Ruth has previously worked with Volunteer Ireland, on the European General Assembly of Volunteering, their national volunteering awards campaign and coordinating the national volunteer programme for Failte Ireland’s ‘The Gathering’ campaign in 2013.

Luke Calvert
Client Engagement Director

Luke Calvert joined the Real Nation team in the spring of 2017 as a Client Engagement Director. His background is in the Financial Services Industry working on enhancing internal relationships and partnerships within Blue-chip companies in the City of London. A successful Business owner in his right, he set up a successful insurance brokerage in 2015, of which he remains a Non-Exec Director.

Luke’s role in Real Nation is to ensure client satisfaction on all our projects, to assess and maintain standards across all our work and to maximise our offering for our clients. He is currently working on our portfolio of Heineken Clients (Heineken, Heineken Light, Desperados, Orchard Thieves, Murphy’s, Coors Light and many more) as well as using his keen eye for detail to put a shine on our tender submissions.

Gayle D’Souza
Head of Design

Gayle has worked in the design field in India and Ireland for 15+ years. At Real Nation, she oversees the print and digital requirements of our clients and keeps the fresh ideas flowing in the studio. Pre Real Nation, Gayle worked as a freelance designer which brought her to Real Nation back in 2014-2015 and she came back in a permanent capacity in 2017. Gayle’s academic background consists of a degree in Graphic Design from the University of Huddersfield (Mumbai) and a Masters in Design from the University of Huddersfield (UK).

Gayle loves a good chat, a good book and sunny weekends pottering around her garden. When she gets a minute between raising her son and minding her special-needs cat, she likes to binge-watch TV shows, cook exotic food and sometimes she’ll throw a doodle or two into her notebook.