Finalists of Gradam 2019 to be revealed next week

Galway Daily news Gradam Sheosaimh Uí Ógartaigh finalists to be revealed next week

The finalists of this year’s Gradam Sheosaimh Uí Ógartaigh who promoted the use and visibility of the Irish language in their businesses will be unveiled next week.

Mayor of Galway Niall McNelis will announce the finalists of Gradam Sheosaimh Uí Ógartaigh at an event in Galway Chamber at midday on April 24 before the go forward to the next step of judging.

The finalists were selected last week by a group of moltóirí assembled by Bord Stiúrtha Ghaillimh le Gaeilge.

Sustainability, Service in Irish and Visibility of the Irish language in business is what the Moltóirí rated highly when they met for the first time to review and evaluate all of the bilingual work undertaken by the Gradam nominees over the last few weeks.

The winners will be chosen by a panel of independent judges with a wide range of expertise: Rónán Ó hÓgartaigh, son of the late Seosamh Ó hÓgartaigh, who the award is named for and founding member of Gaillimh le Gaeilge, Deirdre Ní Choistín, Léiritheoir/Eagarthóir MOLSCÉAL, and Freda Nic Giolla Chatháin, Oifigeach Cumarsáide Gaeilge, Gaillimh 2020.

Speaking about this year’s bilingual business award, Cathaoirleach Ghaillimh le Gaeilge, Bernadette Mullarkey said, “Comhghairdeas leis na hainmniúcháin ar fad atá ag glacadh páirt sa Ghradam i mbliana.”

“We are delighted that the Gradam has proved to be a very successful initiative to reward and motivate businesses and organisations to use and promote the Irish language in Galway City.”

“It’s always great to see the diverse range of businesses in both sector and size taking part in the Gradam,” Bernadette added.

“Their efforts and commitment to the use of the Irish language continues to improve and strengthen our status as a bilingual cultural city. Gach rath ar na hainmniúcháin ar fad.”

The Gradam is once again supported by a strong lineup of sponsors; Galway Advertiser, who have supported the Gradam since it started in 2002, TG4 who joined the Gradam in 2016, and MOLSCÉAL, TG4’s online short-form video platform which joined the Gradam as a sponsor for the first time this year.  

The nominees for Gradam 2019 are as follows:

Miondíol/Retail (Sponsored by Galway Bay FM)

  • Corrib Shopping Centre
  • Fiáin
  • KD Autoparts
  • Mary’s Fish

Turasóireacht & Fáilteachas/Tourism & Hospitality (Sponsored by Fáilte Ireland)

  • Clayton Hotel Galway
  • Freshii
  • The Galmont Hotel & Spa
  • The Kings Head
  • The Skeff Late Night Bar & Kitchen.

Seirbhísí/Services (Sponsored by Snap Galway)

  • Magnet Networks
  • Murphy Catering and Laundry Equipment
  • Ó Tuairisg Associates Ltd
  • Polishing Technologies Ireland
  • Sweeney Oil

Comhlachtaí Eile/Other Companies (Sponsored by Acadamh na hOllscolaíochta Gaeilge OÉ Gaillimh)

  • Big O Taxis
  • Galway Volunteer Centre
  • Westside Community Organic Gardens