About Us

Mara Media is a publishing and event management company based in Annagry, West Donegal, Ireland. Founded in 2005 with one publication, The Skipper, under our belt, we’re now one of Ireland’s leading magazine publishers with titles including The Skipper, Take Off and Go West as well as many other industry and corporate publications.

As well as creating top quality publications, Mara Media run world class industry events, including the Irish Skipper Expo, Scottish Skipper Expo and English Skipper Expo, and the Ireland Angling Show.

Our team is committed to building strong relationships with our customers and watching their businesses grow alongside ours. Our dedicated staff work closely with clients to achieve and surpass their goals. Contact us today to find out how we can help organise your next event or publication.

Hugh Bonner

Managing Director

Hugh lives and breathes the fishing industry – it’s in his blood. Coming from a generation of fishermen, Hugh spent eight years a skipper, fishing from Burtonport on a gill netter and trawler. He swapped the nets for notebooks in 1998 when he joined The Skipper and in 2005 he took the plunge and bought the magazine. It was then that he setup Mara Media and has watched the business grow from strength to strength since then – and it’s all down to his passion and roots. Mara Media now has eight staff and various national and international events and publications in its portfolio.

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hugh@maramedia.ie

Sharon Boyle

Commercial Fishing Manager

If you’re in any way involved in the fishing industry, chances are youve come across our Commercial Fishing Manager, Sharon Boyle. Sharon has worked with The Skipper for the past 19 years and has spearhead the growth of the publication as well as the launch of our annual fishing expos. An integral part of the team, Sharon’s role spans across sales, marketing and event management, and her skills and experience in these areas enables her to produce promotional platforms for fishing industry brands that consistently delivers real results.

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sharon@maramedia.ie

Bríd Boyle

Events Coordinator

Bríd is the social media voice of Mara Media – she manages day-to-day running of the company website and social media accounts. She joined our team in 2014, following the completion of a Masters in Marketing. Her role includes coordinating with exhibitors and vendors for our events and creating content and listings for social media, websites and show guide booklets. Bríd is also our point of contact for any post event feedback and is always striving to fin areas where we can improve and build upon for future exhibitions.

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brid@maramedia.ie

Grace Sharkey

Sales

Grace, our head of sales, brings a mountain of international experience to Mara Media. She joined us in 2007, having returned from a stint of living and working in the USA. Having graduated from Richmond College in London, she started her career with Haymarket publishing in London. She’s travelled extensively bringing a global approach to her Sales and Marketing role and is excellent communicator and multitasker. Her creative approaches to projects gain excellent results for us and our clients. Grace is a Wild Atlantic Way Champion and feels strongly that we live in a very special place and enjoys every aspect of promoting Ireland and the West of Ireland to Visitors to our shores.

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grace@maramedia.ie

Geraldine Boyle

Accounts

Geraldine has been with Mara Media since its inception and has more than 20 years of experience in Finance Management. Having previously worked with Glasgow City Council in various administrative roles, she has experience in taxation, bookkeeping, teaching and more. Her qualifications include, A.C.C.A and diplomas in employment law, taxation and bookkeeping, teaching and government studies.

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accounts@maramedia.ie

 

 

Declan McGrath

Graphic Designer

Declan joined our team back in 2010 and is an experienced graphic designer with a Masters in Motion Graphics with a focused in Visual Communications, Audio & Video. Declan is skilled in logo design, advertising, layout and is a key player in the creation of all our publications and events.

0749548037
design@maramedia.ie

Sarah Conaghan

Credit Control

Sarah has been part of the Mara Media family since 2015 and manages our credit control system. She’s also in charge of monthly subscriptions for The Skipper and continuously grows our list. Sarah is a real team player and keeps on top of our weekly lottery syndicate.

 0749562828
sarah@maramedia.ie