Gradam award winners to be announced tonight
Eimear Ní hÓgartaigh, Proinséas Ó hÓgartaigh, Mayor of Galway City, Cllr Hildegarde Naughton, Patrick Brennan, Snap Galway (Gradam Sponsor), and Siubhán Nic Grianna, Údarás na Gaeltachta, (Moltóir and Gradam Sponsor) attending the press event in the Eyre Square Centre, where the Mayor of Galway City, Cllr Hildegarde Naughton announced Gearrliosta Ghradam Sheosaimh Uí Ógartaigh.
Minister of State at the Department of the Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Dinny McGinley T.D., will tonight announce the winners of Gradam Sheosaimh Uí Ógartaigh 2012
As preparations get into full swing for the Award Ceremony of Gradam Sheosaimh Uí Ógartaigh tonight, the excitement is building around the announcement of the category winners and the overall winner of the prestigious award. Minister McGinley will make the announcement at a special awards ceremony in the Glenlo Abbey Hotel at 6.30pm this evening.
This annual bilingual business award organised by Gaillimh le Gaeilge in association with the Galway Advertiser and with support from the Galway Chamber, aims to ‘recognise’, ‘honour’ and ‘celebrate’ all the great bilingual work done in Galway in order to gain Bilingual Status for the city.
Eleven Businesses and organisations have been shortlisted for this prestigious award from a variety of sectors in Galway City:
In the Retail category, sponsored by Galway Bay FM the finalists are:
Candleworks, Joyces Supermarket and McCambridge’s.
In the Tourism and Hospitality category, sponsored by Fáilte Ireland, the finalists are:
Cupán Tae, Fáilte Tours and Vina Mara.
In the Services category, sponsored by Snap Galway, the finalists are:
Colette Kelly Optometrist, EmployAbility Service Galway and Kemple Gormley Solicitors.
In the Other Companies category, sponsored by Acadamh na hOllscolaíochta Gaeilge, the finalists are:
Eyre Square Centre and Galway Peoples’ Resource Centre.
Ádh mór leo ar fad!
At the Award ceremony, all of the eleven finalists will have the opportunity to showcase their bilingual endeavours and innovations in promoting Galway as a bilingual city.
The category winners will receive a business package to the value of €2,000. The four category winners will also receive a replica of Gradam Sheosaimh Uí Ógartaigh sponsored by Údarás na Gaeltachta.
It was no easy task for the Judges to pick winners this year as the standard was exceptionally high. All of the finalists clearly demonstrated their long-term commitment to developing the use of the Irish language in their business. The judges were also very impressed by the finalists’ ‘positive attitude’ towards and the ‘imaginative use’ of the Irish Language in their businesses. The winners remain a closely guarded secret until later this evening, when Minister Mc Ginley will open the envelope!
The overall winner of Gradam Sheosaimh Uí Ógartaigh will be selected from the four category winners and will receive an Advertising Package to the value of €5,000 from the Galway Advertiser. They will also receive a bespoke national publicity campaign as well as a PR & Marketing Consultation workshop to the value of €4,000 from D’Arcy Marketing and PR.
The overall winner will also receive the much sought-after sculpture by renowned artist Pádraic Reaney, depicting the fourteen tribes of Galway resting over the River Corrib, with one extra tribe outstanding, who symbolises the winner of Gradam Sheosamh Uí Ógartaigh, and future winners to come.
Ba mhaith Gaillimh le Gaeilge buíochas a ghabháil leis na hainmnithe ar fad a ghlac páirt i nGradam Sheosaimh Uí Ógartaigh i mbliana agus gach rath ar an nGearrliosta! Míle buíochas chomh maith leis na hurraí ar fad a thug tacaíocht don Ghradam thar na blianta.
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