The Mayor of the City of Galway, Cllr. Frank Fahy, announced the 12 businesses selected as finalists for Gradam Sheosaimh Uí Ógartaigh 2016 at a recent press event in the Eyre Square Centre.
Gaillimh le Gaeilge has been running Gradam Sheosaimh Uí Ógartaigh, Galway’s bilingual business award, for the past 14 years. This year 20 Galway businesses entered the Gradam and the nominations celebrated the outstanding efforts of the business community in Galway in using the language in their business.
The following businesses were selected for the Gradam Gearrliosta 2016:
– In the Retail category, sponsored by Galway Bay FM, the finalists are Charlie Byrne’s Bookshop, Eyre Square Centre and Faherty Paints.
– In the Tourism and Hospitality category, sponsored by Fáilte Ireland, the finalists are Brasserie on the Corner, Clayton Hotel Galway, The Connacht Hote and Péarla na Mara.
– In the Services category, sponsored by Snap Galway, the finalists are C-SideSound, Newcastle Medical Centre and Top Oil.
– In the Other Companies category, sponsored by Acadamh na hOllscolaíochta Gaeilge, the finalists are OLYART and Galway Technology Centre.
Mayor Frank Fahy presented each finalist with a Gradam Certificate and commended the nominees for the work they do to promote Irish in the city. He said, “Comhghairdeas to all of you, on your role and participation in creating a bilingual Galway through the Gradam Sheosaimh Uí Ógartaigh award. The investment that you, your businesses and organisations have made in the Irish language has given Galway a special uniqueness.”
He also noted that with 11 businesses entering the Gradam for the first time, it highlights the growing interest and importance of the Irish language to the city and also shows the “commitment and continued support of Galway businesses to the language and to the success of Gradam Sheosaimh Uí Ógartaigh”.
Speaking at the event, Cathaoirleach Ghaillimh le Gaeilge Iggy Ó Muircheartaigh congratulated the nominees. “The standard was very high once again this year. It is evident from the information packs submitted that the work undertaken by the businesses using the Irish language in their businesses gives them a particular satisfaction and a sense of pride as they strive to promote and strengthen Galway’s bilingual status. They all have a strong understanding and a very positive outlook towards the Irish language. Not only, are they using the Irish language in their own businesses but they have also seek to influence their suppliers as well as their parent companies located in the county and indeed around the country.”
Gaillimh le Gaeilge thanked all their sponsors who are providing sponsorship worth in excess of €25,000. The judges, Moltóirí Ghradam Sheosaimh Uí Ógartaigh, will visit the premises of all of finalists in the coming weeks. The category winners and overall winners will be announced at a special awards ceremony in the Westwood House Hotel in early May.