About Us

The Rathdown Media Institute is a dynamic and growing media training business based in the Rathdown area of south Dublin, Ireland – Blackrock Village to be exact.
But that’s just where we make our courses – we deliver them everywhere via our online step-by-step lessons over on our Teachable platform.
Our clients include PR professionals, digital marketing managers, tourism and heritage businesses, libraries, county councils, artists, musicians, NGOs, charities, and a veriety of small businesses.
In other words, anyone who wants to learn how to make their own videos or audio content or who wants to manage their own media content.
We combine off-the-shelf courses with bespoke blended learning for small and big businesses, NGOs and community groups – and we’ve taught dozens of groups both in person and online. Since COVID-19 we have moved all our work online and love the efficiency of online learning – where there’s no travel time and it’s so easy to engage with a group via Zoom.

Aileen O’Meara

Founder Aileen O’Meara is an award-winning journalist in national TV, radio and print journalism in Ireland. She is a media consultant, a video and audio producer as well as a radio documentary maker and also a radio features series producer with www.aileenomeara.ie & www.rathdownmedia.ie.

She founded the Rathdown Media Institute in response to requests for practical, do-able and easy to follow media training courses in video and audio content, based on her extensive knowledge and understanding of deadline-driven storytelling for TV and radio based on over 13 years working for RTÉ Television and radio. Beyond her experience, Aileen brings her love of production to every course she leads which is reflected in the quality of the lessons and the results they yield. 

Aileen also offers media consultancy, interview preparation and media production services to large private sector communication teams and CEOs as well as trade unions and NGOs.

To find out more about Aileen go to https://www.linkedin.com/in/aileenomeara/

What Clients Say

Aileen has delivered a number of workshops on Mobile Video Storytelling for PRII Members, run both as open courses and as part of bespoke in-house training. Feedback has been universally positive with a many participants complimenting Aileen’s clear and practical approach. Her knowledge of the technology and her tips on execution helped demystify the whole area for many. Most importantly everyone was equipped with the skills they needed and a straightforward model to tell their stories via video. As well as enjoying themselves in the process.

Frank Condon
Development & Research Manager, Public Relations Institute of Ireland

I did the smartphone video training course with Aileen O’Meara Media. I found it very practical, very easy to understand, and also most importantly very usable. Since doing the course with Aileen I have been able to do one minute or one and a half minute videos with my clients live at events. If there is a launch of a report or some research, we’ve been able to do a one-minute clip explaining what the findings and key messages are. I have then been able to take those clips from my phone back and edit them, get them up on to YouTube for my clients, and then my clients have been very pleased because they have been able to use these on their website, use them on their social media, and also, I have been able to add an additional service for my clients and that has added to the sense of value that I am able to bring to them. So, I would highly recommend the smartphone video training course with Aileen O’Meara Media.

Ronan Cavanagh
Cavanagh Communications

Video Training was the perfect course for me. In just one day I learnt everything I needed to know about creating, filming and editing video clips that would effectively promote my business. Handy tips like the importance of mics, understanding light, working around weather, the best editing App to use and how to use it. I learnt how to add music to my videos, voiceover the film, overlay ticker tapes; in short (and the course was short, literally one day), I walked away perfectly equipped to make professional videos that would represent me and my business in the best possible light. I also got a list of the equipment required, (which is not much) and the best places to get it. Aileen has a depth and breadth of experience that is invaluable. She made this easy. She made it simple and understandable. She also happens to be one of the nicest, friendliest people on the planet. Training days are often dull, boring events that you struggle to get through. This was a fun, lively, highly interactive day, where I was constantly learning and enjoying the process. I strongly recommend this course for anyone looking to up their game, or even just to simply understand how to go about making professional video content. It is excellent value for money, you won't be disappointed, and you will definitely use what you learnt time and again.

Helen Seymour

Had been looking to up my video game for social media but wasn't sure where to start. Aileen's course offered clear step-by-step instructions (very accessible for even for beginners) which I found myself flying through! I was able to apply what I had learned within an hour after I finished the first part of the course. The two short video assignments with accompanying feedback were invaluable, as well as the discussions with the other participants really helped with ideas around best principles for filming and editing a video. I've newfound confidence in producing video content using nothing but my phone to edit. Thanks again Aileen!

Aoife Ngo 

The training course came in really handy over the last few months. We were able to get our lovely Forget Me Nots choir on Zoom to get connected again! Many of them are aged over 80 and about a third are living with dementia so a visual aid was very useful indeed! The video really did the trick and helped us all to connect. We had over 100 older people on Zoom twice a week since April!

Karen Meehan 
Forget Me Nots Choir

I took part in the ICTU Online Video Training and I am most grateful to you and ICTU for giving me this opportunity. I found that it was a most valuable experience and I learned so much over a short period. Aileen O'Meara is an excellent Tutor and made it easy to learn. Her workshops and modules were very practical and hands-on. She gave two practical assignments to complete and provided feedback on our efforts and while we were given a short time to complete each assignment, this in fact proved very effective.

Denis O’Boyle
ICTU Member

Really enjoyed the video training course with Aileen. I didn't have much experience working with videos beforehand so it's great that I will now be able to use this training for an essential part of my job. Aileen gave great, useful feedback and, it was also a good bit of fun!

Karen Clarke