Saturday April 4, 2020

A real trooper

Feargal Purcell’s army training provided him with a solid grounding for a career first in the government’s press department, and then in public affairs

17th February, 2019
Feargal Purcell, the former government press secretary, who has joined PR firm Edelman Picture: Fergal Phillips

A missing dust cap when he was a young army cadet taught former government press secretary Feargal Purcell the importance of personal responsibility, and it is a lesson he has carried with him throughout his career. Kilkenny man Purcell, now director of public affairs at Edelman, joined the army at the age of 17.

“From the moment you join the Defence Forces, you are being taught resilience and leadership skills,” he said.

“One of...

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