Current Student Orla Tinsley Awarded President's Medal by Public Relations Institute of Ireland

BY Zoe Contros Kearl, December 11, 2018

Headshot of Orla TinsleyCurrent Student Orla Tinsley was awarded The President’s Medal at the Public Relations Institute of Ireland (PRII) for her work campaigning for cystic fibrosis health. Tinsley is the sixth recipient of this award, which is given to people who demonstrate excellence in communications. Previous recipients include John Hume, Ed Walsh, Gay Byrne, Chris Roche, and Mary Davis.


“I am grateful to be considered in this way because it allows me to serve as a conduit to convey how important it is to share our stories, particularly in the effort to raise awareness of important issues like Cystic Fibrosis and organ donation," Tinsley said of the award. "It is the stories being told out loud and those actively listening to that create the possibility of change together. I am grateful for my community whose radical love and support has kept me alive and created new life for so many others as well.”


“PRII President Cian Connaughton said the award recognises Ms. Tinsley’s ‘tireless campaigning’ over the past decade ‘to improve services for people with cystic fibrosis, including the provision of Orkambi, and her ceaseless campaign on the importance of organ donation’.” - The Irish Times


Tinsley is an award-winning campaigner and journalist who loves to write and use her voice for good. She is a campaigner and advocate for people with cystic fibrosis. Her book Salty Baby was published by Hachette in 2011. She lives in New York.