Gradam Sheosaimh Uí Ógartaigh 2018 – Gradam Finalists to be announced next week!

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The Mayor of the City of Galway, Cllr. Pearce Flannery, will announce the finalists of Gradam Sheosaimh Uí Ógartaigh 2018 at 12.00 midday, next Tuesday, the 24th of April 2018 at a press event which will take place in Téatar Uí Chearbhalláin, Áras na Gaeilge, NUI Galway. Also, at the event, Gaillimh le Gaeilge are delighted that the President of NUI Galway, Professor Ciarán Ó hÓgartaigh, will announce a new ‘Duais Aitheantais’ on behalf of Bord Stiúrtha Ghaillimh le Gaeilge in association with Fiontar & Scoil na Gaeilge’ DCU.

Last month, Gaillimh le Gaeilge, who has been running the Gradam for the past 16 years in association with the Galway Advertiser, unveiled the 21 businesses in Galway city that have put themselves forward for this year’s award, 14 of them have put their names forward for the first time.  Bríd Ní Chonghóile of Gaillimh le Gaeilge said:

“This is the second year in a row where we have a record number of new entries. While we always welcome previous participants to the Gradam, it’s always exciting to see newcomers taking part. The Gradam process is a wonderful opportunity for any business or organisation to showcase the Irish language in their business and this year’s participants will do so, with ‘pride, passion and purpose’. It’s great to see that ‘doing business bilingually’ is increasingly becoming the norm in our city.”

Moltóirí Gradam Sheosaimh Uí Ógartaigh will meet for the first time this week with the difficult task of choosing the finalists for Gradam 2018. They are; Aelmuire Ní Ógartaigh, Freda Nic Giolla Chatháin, Príomhfheidhmeannach, Gnó Mhaigh Eo, Sonya Nic Lochlainn, Bainisteoir Seirbhísí Corpráideacha, Údarás na Gaeltachta and Irial Ó Ceallaigh, TG4.

Gaillimh le Gaeilge would like to say a ‘míle buíochas’ to the impressive line-up of sponsors, whose contribution is invaluable to the success of the Gradam and also to extend a ‘céad míle fáilte’ to our new sponsor Lorg Media!

The main media sponsor is the Galway Advertiser; the company has proudly supported the Gradam since its inception in 2002.  TG4 joined the Gradam two years ago, and both media organisations are providing an excellent advertising package for the overall winner.

The category sponsors for Gradam 2018 are as follows: Galway Bay FM, Fáilte Ireland, Snap Galway and Acadamh na hOllscolaíochta Gaeilge, Ollscoil na hÉireann, Gaillimh.

Údarás na Gaeltachta are sponsoring the replicas of Gradam Sheosaimh Uí Ógartaigh, especially designed by the renowned artist Pádraic Reaney.

Lorg Media and the Galway Chamber will also provide sponsorship to the overall winner.  Míle buíochas leo go léir!

Na hAinmniúcháin /The Nominees:

Retail Category sponsored by Galway Bay FM:

Aunty Nellie’s Sweet Shop, High Street, Corrib Shopping Centre, Eyre Street, KD Autoparts, Ballybane Kennys Bookshop and Art Galleries Ltd., Liosbán, Lanidor, Eyre Street, Mary’s Fish, Ballybane, Murrays, Nile Lodge.

Tourism & Hospitality sponsored by Fáilte Ireland:

56 Central, Shop Street, Galway Food Tours, Cúirt Seoige, Harbour Hotel, New Dock Road, The Connacht Hotel, Dublin Road, The Lough Inn, Woodquay.

Services Category sponsored by Snap Galway:

Big O Taxis, Eyre Square, Colm’s Life Pharmacy, Salthill, Galvia West Medical Centre, Westside, Kemple Gormley Solicitors, University Road, Swaine Solicitors, Knocknacarra, Sweeney Oil, Headford Road.

Other Companies Category sponsored by Acadamh na hOllscolaíochta Gaeilge

Baboró, International Arts Festival for Children, Merchant’s Road, Galway City Business Association, iSupply, Bóthar na Mara.

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