Galway’s new tribe to be announced tonight as Gradam winners are revealed

Twelve Galway businesses on Gearrliosta Ghradam Sheosaimh Uí Ógartaigh, eagerly await the special awards ceremony this evening, Thursday May 12 at 6.30pm in the Westwood Hotel, when the winners of Gradam Sheosaimh Uí Ógartaigh 2016 will be announced.

Gradam Sheosaimh Uí Ógartaigh, Galway’s bilingual business award, is organised by Gaillimh le Gaeilge in association with the Galway Advertiser and with support from the Galway Chamber. The Gradam both recognises and rewards businesses and organisations in Galway that use and promote the Irish language in the city.

It is also a salute to Galway businesses for their outstanding contribution to Galway City’s bilingual status. This year’s Gearrliosta features a wide variety of businesses from music classes for children to a national home heating oil supplier, who all have one thing in common – they have all embraced bilingualism into their business!

They will have an opportunity to showcase and celebrate all of their bilingual endeavours to a host of guests, family & friends as well as business colleagues on the night. Recent winners of the Gradam include Joyce’s Supermarket, Tesco Galway, EmployAbility Service Galway and The Galleon.

The winners will remain a closely guarded secret until Thursday evening when the announcements will be made! Keep up to date with the all the latest news and developments on Gaillimh le Gaeilge’s Facebook and Twitter pages. You can also visit Gaillimh le Gaeilge’s YouTube Channel to see a short video of the work of the finalists.

Following is a list of the twelve businesses and organisations shortlisted forGradam 2016 from a variety of sectors in Galway city:

In the Retail category, sponsored by Galway Bay FM the finalists are:Charlie Byrne’s Bookshop, Eyre Square Shopping Centre and Faherty Paints

In the Tourism & Hospitality category, sponsored by Fáilte Ireland, the finalists are:Brasserie on the Corner, Clayton Hotel Galway, Péarla na Mara and The Connacht Hotel

In the Services category, sponsored by Snap Galway, the finalists are:C-SideSounds, Newcastle Medical Centre and Top OilIn the Other Companies category, sponsored by Acadamh na hOllscolaíochta Gaeilge, the finalists are:

Galway Technology Centre and OLYARTThe category winners will receive a business package to the value of €2,000 from the category sponsors. 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 €2,000 from the main media sponsor of the Gradam, the Galway Advertiser.

They will also receive a publicity package with TG4, advertising with the Sunday Business Post, a management contract with the Solution Guys, a series of 4 Web Strategy workshops sponsored by Aró Internet Business Development and one year’s membership of Galway Chamber and Gaillimh le Gaeilge.

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. Gaillimh le Gaeilge would like to take this opportunity to say a ‘Míle Buíochas’ to all of their valuable sponsors for their continued support and commitment to the Gradam.

Míle buíochas also to the Moltóirí of the Gradam who provided so freely of their time. They are; Professor Ciarán Ó hÓgartaigh, Dean of UCD School of Business and Sonya Nic Lochlainn, Údarás na Gaeltachta. 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 a ghuí ar an nGearrliosta!

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