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The Essential List: Clare Gilbride

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Ardmore's senior creative on her favourite restaurants, swimming with pigs in the Bahamas and the kit she can't live without

The Essential List: Clare Gilbride

Ardmore’s senior creative, Clare Gilbride, started her career in a small design and print agency after graduating from University of Ulster and now finds herself working in one of the largest independent advertising agencies in the UK.

Having worked in a variety of roles, Clare has, in recent years, moved to specialise in digital and motion design. She began in Ardmore with a focus on the digital side of the industry but is now in a senior creative that involves the management of projects on a more conceptual level.

Whilst working at Ardmore, Clare has worked with several amazing clients such as Stena Line, Network Rail, Lidl, Translink, and Subway, to name a few.

Check out Clare’s Essential List to get a taste of her tastes.


Place of birth: Belfast

Hometown: Belfast

Staycation: Probably any little sea-side town in Donegal

Vacation: It’s Ibiza for me as it’s so beautiful. Or swimming with pigs in the Bahamas

Pet: A fuzzy little Lhasa Apso called Peppermints

Place of work: Ardmore

Place of workout: I have a home gym – though I don’t visit it often!

Side project: I love to make wedding stationery

Mode of transport: A little Mini Cooper called Bert

Bonus travel essential: Anything from Duty Free :) 


Artist: I’m really loving the work from Mural Artist Danni Simpson

Musician: Oft – don’t think I can choose! I love everything from dance music to power ballads

Film: Ohhh too many to choose from – Man on Fire, Seven, or Snatch

Series: The Wire, Sopranos, The Night Of, and most recently, Ozarks

Commercial: Most recently, Formula E: Change Accelerated, but the 1991 Kellogg’s Christmas Ad is also a favourite purely for nostalgia

Music video:  Basement Jaxx – Where’s your head at

Video game: Going old school - Crash Bandicoot

Board game: Always monopoly!

Graphic novel: Not a huge comic fan!

Podcast:  It’s got to be Serial

Magazine: Mixmag

Bonus culture essential: I have a serious love for Album covers


Food and Drink

Breakfast: An Irish breakfast or anything with hash browns

Restaurant: If it’s somewhere fancy probably Howard Street or Shu. If it’s something more casual, then it would be 39 Gordon Street

Cheap bite: Boojum

Working lunch: Our local pub, The Dirty Duck

Favourite dish: Anything Mexican. I love spicy food!

Signature dish: I make a great Spicy Sausage Tagliatelle

Snack: Cheese toast, with loads of Worchester sauce

Guilty pleasure: Beetroot from the jar

Bar: Anywhere around the Cathedral Quarter in Belfast

Booze: My current favourite is Jameson and Gingerale

Not booze: Tea or flat white

Bonus food: Hot Madras

Bonus beverage: Slightly controversial, but a Bloody Mary



Phone: iPhone

Computer: iMac, MacBook Pro


Headphones: Beats

Camera: Nikon

Soundsystem: I’m planning on buying a new Marshall Speaker

Pen / pencil: Apple pencil

Where you document an idea: Notebook, or sometimes ‘Notes’ on Mac

Casual clothing: Anything adidas

Smart clothing: A blazer dresses anything up!

Footwear: Always Dr Martens or Adidas

Watch: Apple

Collection: Gadgets

App: Procreate

Website: Soundcloud

Morning grooming / makeup essential: It’s got to be a red lip

Bonus kit essential: iPad

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ardmore, Tue, 28 Jun 2022 10:05:17 GMT