Mayor of Galway city announces gearrliosta for Gradam

Maire McCarthy, Galway Advertiser (main sponsor of the Gradam); Colette Kelly, Colette Kelly Optometrist (Gradam finalist); Alison McArdle, Cupán Tae (Gradam finalist); and Mary Ellen Ní Churnáin, A Hartmann & Son Ltd  attending the press event in the Eyre Square Centre.

Maire McCarthy, Galway Advertiser (main sponsor of the Gradam); Colette Kelly, Colette Kelly Optometrist (Gradam finalist); Alison McArdle, Cupán Tae (Gradam finalist); and Mary Ellen Ní Churnáin, A Hartmann & Son Ltd attending the press event in the Eyre Square Centre.

The Mayor of Galway City, Cllr. Hildegarde Naughton last week announced the finalists of Gradam Sheosaimh Uí Ógartaigh 2012 at a press event which took place as part of the Seachtain na Gaeilge celebrations in the Eyre Square Centre.

Gradam Sheosaimh Uí Ógartaigh, Galway’s Bilingual Annual Business Award, organised by Gaillimh le Gaeilge in association with the Galway Advertiser and with support from the Galway Chamber. The companies shortlisted are as follows;

In the ‘Retail’ category, sponsored by Galway Bay FM the finalists are:

Candleworks, Joyces Supermarket and McCambridge’s

In the ‘Tourism & Hospitality’ category, sponsored by Fáilte Ireland, the finalists are:

Cupán Tae, Fáilte Tours

Vina Mara

In the ‘Services’ category, sponsored by Snap Galway, the finalists are:

Colette Kelly Optometrist.

EmployAbility Service Galway

Kemple Gormley Solicitors

In the ‘Other Companies’ category, sponsored by Acadamh na hOllscolaíochta Gaeilge, the finalists are:

Eyre Square Centre

Galway People’s Resource Centre

Speaking at the press event, the Mayor of Galway City, Cllr. Hildegarde Naughton said

“As the Mayor of Galway City, it is fantastic to see local businesses continuing with their support to the Irish Language and to Gradam Sheosaimh Uí Ógartaigh. The fact that you have chosen to support the Irish language indicates that as a community, you hold a value to the Irish language.Tréaslaím libh go léir.”

Aindriú D’Arcy, Stiúrthóir Ghaillimh le Gaeilge, also spoke at the event and congratulated all of the companies and organisations who has participated in the Gradam Sheosaimh Uí Ógartaigh this year. He also thanked all of the Gradam Sponsors for supporting the Award this year.

This week, the adjudicators will visit all of the businesses and organisations on the gearrliosta.

They will select a winner in each category and the overall winner will be selected from the four category winners. The category winners will receive a business package to the value of €2,000 and will be selected because of the consistent, successful and effective use of bilingualism in their company which makes them ‘stand out’ in their sector.

The company must show a strong commitment to the Irish language and demonstrate innovative ways and ideas for further use of the Irish language. The four category winners will also receive a replica of Gradam Sheosaimh Uí Ógartaigh sponsored by Údarás na Gaeltachta.

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 and marketing consultation workshop to the value of €4,000 from D’Arcy Marketing & PR.

Minister of State, at the Department of the Gaeltacht, Dinny McGinley, TD, will present the Gradam Sheosaimh Uí Ógartaigh Award at a special awards ceremony on Thursday, April 19 at 6.30p.m. in the Pavilion Suite, Glenlo Abbey Hotel.

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