Mayor of the City of Galway, Cllr. Níall Mc Nelis, to unveil the Gradam Gearrliosta next Wednesday.

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The Mayor of the City of Galway, Cllr. Níall McNelis, will unveil the finalists of Gradam Sheosaimh Uí Ógartaigh 2019 next Wednesday, the 24th of April at a press event taking place at 12.00 midday in the Galway Chamber. The Mayor will present each of the finalists with a Gradam teastas and they will all go forward to the next stage of the Gradam adjudication process.

Moltóirí Ghradam Sheosaimh Uí Ógartaigh 2019, who were selected by Bord Stiúrtha Ghaillimh le Gaeilge, met last Thursday in the Galway Chamber to select the finalists for Gradam Sheosaimh Uí Ógartaigh 2019.

Every year, Bord Stiúrtha Ghaillimh le Gaeilge assembles a panel of independent judges with a wide range of expertise to select the winners of Gradam Sheosaimh Uí Ógartaigh. On the judging panel this year are: Rónán Ó hÓgartaigh, son of the late Seosamh Ó hÓgartaigh, who the award is named  founding member and company secretary of Gaillimh le Gaeilge, Deirdre Ní Choistín, Léiritheoir/Eagarthóir MOLSCÉAL and Freda Nic Giolla Chatháin, Oifigeach Cumarsáide Gaeilge, Gaillimh 2020.

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.

Speaking about this year’s bilingual business award, Cathaoirleach Ghaillimh le Gaeilge, Bernadette Mullarkey says:

“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. 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 supported once again by a very impressive line-up of sponsors whose commitment is invaluable to the success of the award.  The main media sponsor is the Galway Advertiser; the company has proudly supported the Gradam since its inception in 2002.  TG4 joined the Gradam in 2016, and MOLSCÉAL,  TG4’s online short-form video platform  joined the Gradam as a sponsor for the first time this year.

The category sponsors for Gradam 2019 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.  The Galway Chamber will also provide sponsorship to the overall winner. 

In the Retail Category: 

Corrib Shopping Centre


KD Autoparts,

Mary’s Fish

In the ‘Tourism & Hospitality’ category:

Clayton Hotel Galway


The Galmont Hotel & Spa

The King’s Head

The Skeff Late Night Bar & Kitchen

In the ‘Services’ Category:

Magnet Networks

Murphy Catering and Laundry Equipment

Ó Tuairisg Associates Ltd

Polishing Technologies Ireland

Sweeney Oil

In the ‘Other Companies’ Category:

Big O Taxis


Galway Volunteer Centre

Westside Community Organic Gardens