Galway Mayor Cllr Noel Larkin announced the sponsors of Galway’s bilingual business awards, Gradam Sheosaimh Uí Ógartaigh, at a press event in the PorterShed recently. This event marks the beginning of a special year for Gaillimh le Gaeilge as they celebrate 30 years in business.
TG4 are renewing their sponsorship for the overall winners, as well as the Category sponsors who are as follows; Galway Bay FM, Fáilte Ireland, Snap Galway agus Acadamh na hOllscolaíochta Gaeilge, Ollscoil na hÉireann, Gaillimh. Údarás na Gaeltachta, ARÓ and Galway Chamber are also providing sponsorship to the overall winner.
Speaking at the event, Mayor Larkin said, “The success of the Gradam depends very much on the support and engagement of the business community and I would like to commend all of you for your continued support and involvement in the Gradam.
“It is also a fitting tribute to the well-known business man and Irish language promoter behind the name of the award; Seosamh Ó hÓgartaigh, founding member and company secretary of Gaillimh le Gaeilge”.
Bernadette Mullarkey, Cathaoirleach of Gaillimh le Gaeilge, encouraged any business or organisation in the city using Irish to participate. “We have seen how the Irish language worked in our favour to secure the title of European Capital of Culture 2020.
“Let’s make it go further to future proof Galway’s international reputation as a unique bilingual cultural city. It’s very important that Galway-European Capital of Culture 2020 continues to lead the way in our cultural endeavours and not become complacent in our efforts.”
She went on to say that by taking part in the Gradam, “you are raising the profile of your own business and in with a chance of winning an array of great prizes and benefits to the value of over €23,000. You have three months until the judging process commences, so plenty of time to integrate Irish into your business or organisation agus tá Gaillimh le Gaeilge ar fáil chun cuidiú libh i rith an phróisis go léir.”
Gradam Sheosaimh Uí Ógartaigh, organised by Gaillimh le Gaeilge with support from the Galway Chamber, are now open for nominations. The Gradam is open to companies and organisations of all sizes and sectors based in Galway city that are not primarily involved with the promotion of the Irish language and not subject to the Official Languages Act.
It is not essential to be a fluent Irish speaker to participate in the Gradam and Gaillimh le Gaeilge will guide you every step of the way free of charge.
Log onto www.gleg.ie to enter online or contact 091-568876. You can also nominate a business/organisation to enter the Gradam. The closing date for entries is Monday 13 February 2017.
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