Mayor of the City of Galway Cllr Clodagh Higgins has unveiled the sponsors for this year’s Gradam 2023 at a press event hosted by Gaillimh le Gaeilge in the Galway Chamber.
The Mayor commended all Gradam sponsors for their ongoing support and commitment to Galway’s own Bilingual Business award – Gradam Sheosaimh Uí Ógartaigh.
The sponsors this year include the Údarás na Gaeltachta, Fáilte Ireland, Ollscoil na Gaillimhe, TG4, MOLSCÉAL and the Galway Chamber.
The Gradam is a recognition and a celebration of businesses and organisations in Galway city that incorporate the Irish language in a number of ways or in all aspects of their operations.
It includes marketing, signage, advertising, websites, social media, as well as services that provide a seirbhís i nGaeilge for those wishing to do business in Irish.
The closing date for Gradam entries is Friday 17 February. Applicants must simply fill out a short online application form and Foireann Ghaillimh le Gaeilge will be in touch to prepare them for the awards.
It is free of charge, and people can nominate their own business/organisation or another business/organisation that is based in Galway city. To enter the Gradam log onto gleg.ie for more information or contact the office at 091 568876.
Speaking at the press event, the Mayor congratulated all in attendance for their support of the Gradam, both this year and in previous years.
“The Galway Chamber has been involved in the award since its inception 21 years ago. The Gradam is named after their former president Seosamh Ó hÓgartaigh,” she said.
“He was also founding member and company secretary of Gaillimh le Gaeilge. The Galway Advertiser has also played an instrumental role in the development and success of the Gradam during this time too. Údarás na Gaeltachta joined the Gradam family in 2007 and TG4 in 2016.”
Over the years, the Gradam and everyone involved with it have contributed significantly to Galway’s cultural history and official status as a bilingual city, an achievement we all take pride in. I wish the Gradam and Gaillimh le Gaeilge continued success into the future.”
Gradam 2023 has received over €27,000 in sponsorship this year.
The main media sponsor for this year is once again the Galway Advertiser. TG4 and MOLSCÉAL are also on board, as well as Fáilte Ireland which sponsors the ‘Tourism’ Category.
Computer Troubleshooters sponsors the ‘Customer Service’ Category; the Galway Technology Centre sponsors the ‘Digital Presence’ category; and Acadamh na hOllscolaíochta Gaeilge, Ollscoil na Gaillimhe is sponsoring the ‘Community & Culture’ Category.
Údarás na Gaeltachta will sponsor the miniature Gradam sculptures for each category winner designed by the renowned artist Pádraic Reaney, and the Galway Chamber is sponsoring the overall winner. Galway Bay FM will sponsor of the ‘Retail Experience’ Category.