Finalists in Ghradam Sheosaimh Uí Ógartaigh to be chosen today

Moltóirí Ghradam Sheosaimh Uí Ógartaigh 2019, who were selected by Bord Stiúrtha Ghaillimh le Gaeilge will today select the finalists for Gradam Sheosaimh Uí Ógartaigh 2019.

Every year, Bord Stiúrtha Ghaillimh le Gaeilge assembles a panel of independent judges with a wide range of expertise to select the winners of Gradam Sheosaimh Uí Ógartaigh.

On the judging panel this year are Rónán Ó hÓgartaigh, son of the late Seosamh Ó hÓgartaigh, founding member and company secretary of Gaillimh le Gaeilge; Deirdre Ní Choistín, Léiritheoir/Eagarthóir MOLSCÉAL; and Freda Nic Giolla Chatháin, Oifigeach Cumarsáide Gaeilge, Gaillimh 2020. Sustainability, service in Irish and visibility of the Irish language in business is what the Moltóirí will rate highly when they meet to review and evaluate all of the bilingual work undertaken by the Gradam nominees over the last few weeks.

“Déanann muid comhghairdeas leis na hainmniúchain ar fad atá ag glacadh páirt sa Ghradam i mbliana,”said Cathaoirleach Ghaillimh le Gaeilge, Bernadette Mullarkey.

“The Gradam has proved to be a very successful initiative to reward and motivate businesses and organisations to use the Irish language. It’s always great to see the diverse range of businesses in both sector and size taking part in the Gradam. Their efforts and commitment to the use of the Irish language continues to improve and strengthen our status as a bilingual cultural city. Gach rath orthu ar fad,” she said.

In the coming weeks, the Moltóirí will visit all of the finalists premises to view at first hand and appraise all of their bilingual work.

The category sponsors for Gradam 2019 are as follows : Galway Bay FM, Fáilte Ireland, Snap Galway and Acadamh na hOllscolaíochta Gaeilge, Ollscoil na hÉireann, Gaillimh.

Údarás na Gaeltachta are sponsoring the replicas of Gradam Sheosaimh Uí Ógartaigh, specially designed by the renowned artist Pádraic Reaney. The Galway Chamber will also provide sponsorship to the overall winner.

The nominees for Gradam 2019 are as follows:

Miondíol/Retail (Sponsored by Galway Bay FM )

Corrib Shopping Centre, Fiáin, KD Autoparts, Mary’s Fish

Turasóireacht & Fáiteachas/Tourism & Hospitality (Sponsored by Fáilte Ireland )

Clayton Hotel Galway, Freshii, Polishing Technologies Ireland, The Galmont Hotel & Spa

The Kings Head, The Skeff Late Night Bar & Kitchen.

Seirbhísí/Services (Sponsored by Snap Galway )

Magnet Networks, Murphy Catering and Laundry Equipment, Ó Tuairisg Associates Ltd.

Polishing Technologies Ireland, Sweeney Oil

Comhlachtaí Eile/Other Companies (Sponsored by Acadamh na hOllscolaíochta Gaeilge OÉ Gaillimh )

Big O Taxis, Galway Volunteer Centre, Westside Community Organic Gardens

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