Today is the last day to enter the Gradam awards

Pictured at last year’s award ceremony were Majella Collins, Galway Advertiser (sponsor of Gradam Sheosaimh Uí Ógartaigh), Peter Allen, then president of Galway Chamber of Commerce, Steve Ó Cúláin, Údarás na Gaeltachta, Evelyn Cormican, then president of Junior Chamber of Commerce Galway at the presentation of Gradam Sheosaimh Uí Ógartaigh 2007 in The Ardilaun hotel.

Pictured at last year’s award ceremony were Majella Collins, Galway Advertiser (sponsor of Gradam Sheosaimh Uí Ógartaigh), Peter Allen, then president of Galway Chamber of Commerce, Steve Ó Cúláin, Údarás na Gaeltachta, Evelyn Cormican, then president of Junior Chamber of Commerce Galway at the presentation of Gradam Sheosaimh Uí Ógartaigh 2007 in The Ardilaun hotel.

Nominations for the Gradam Sheosaimh Uí Ógartaigh are accepted until 5.30p.m this evening (January 15.

This prestigious business Award offers the chance to any business/organisation using the Irish language in Galway City to win a ‘fantastic business package’ to the value of €15,000.

This involves an advertising deal with the Galway Advertiser, 38 day time advertising spots with Galway Bay FM, consultation on printing, design and marketing with Snap Printing, free membership for a year with the Galway Chamber and with Gaillimh le Gaeilge. This year, Gaillimh le Gaeilge welcomes Galway Airport on board with four return flights to Edinburgh for the Gradam Sheosaimh Uí Ógartaigh Winner!

The Award features two different categories - companies with less than twenty employees and companies with more than 20 employees. Category Winners will receive a replica of the Gradam Award, in association with Údarás na Gaeltachta as well as consultation on printing, design & marketing from Snap Printing to the value of €1,000 as recognition of their bilingual achievements. The winner of Gradam Sheosaimh Uí Ógartaigh will be chosen from the winners of the two categories.

The winner will also receive Séala Sheosaimh Uí Ógartaigh a ‘Q Mark’ for the Irish language in Galway city as well as a beautiful piece of sculpture especially designed by the famous artist Pádraic Reaney symbolising the 14 tribes of Galway, with one “present day tribe” representing the winner of Gradam Sheosaimh Uí Ógartaigh and future winners to come.

This fantastic prize will be awarded to the best business in Galway City that demonstrates a visable, genuine and creative use of the Irish Language within their business, thus impacting on their staff and the bilingual image of the city.

Last years winner of Gradam Sheosaimh Uí Ógartaigh, Siobhán Feeney from Corrib Removals and Storage outlines the benefits of taking part in this prestigious event.

“At Corrib Removals and Storage we were honoured and excited to win the prestigious Gradam Sheosaimh Uí Ógartaigh award. In the weeks leading up to the award, there was such enthusiasm and excitement amongst staff, and also customers. We were delighted with the publicity the business received from local media, both before and after winning the award. With the publicity surrounding the award, our efforts in promoting the use of Irish were recognized and it definitely resulted in an increase in business.”

Gaillimh le Gaeilge provides a ‘Gaeilge sa Ghnó’ service, free of charge to help businesses/organisations prepare for the award.

For application forms and further information please contact the Gaillimh le Gaeilge offices on 091 568876 or email [email protected] or visit www.gleg.ie

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