The New Tribe of Galway City will be announced by Government Chief Whip and Minister of State for Sport and the Gaeltacht at an award celebration tonight in honour of 20 years of the Gradam!

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Celebrating its 20th year, Gradam Sheosaimh Uí Ógartaigh is taking place this evening in the g hotel, where Jack Chambers TD, Government Chief Whip and Minister of State with responsibility for Sport and the Gaeltacht, will announce the Category Winners and the Overall Winner of the Gradam.

It promises to be an exciting night with businesses and organisations on the Gradam Gearrliosta coming together with friends and colleagues to celebrate the announcement of the new Tribe of Galway city. At the award ceremony, all the 11 finalists will have the opportunity to showcase their bilingual endeavours and innovations in promoting Galway as a Bilingual city. You can check out the Gradam Videos recorded by Gaillimh le Gaeilge and edited by MOLSCÉAL on Gaillimh le Gaeilge’s and MOLSCÉAL’s social media.

Gaillimh le Gaeilge, the organisation responsible for  the promotion of the Irish language in the city has organised Gradam Sheosaimh Uí Ógartaigh for the past 20 years in partnership with the Galway Advertiser and TG4 with the support of the Galway Chamber. The Gradam honours and celebrates companies and organisations in Galway who use the Irish language in their daily work. It is named in honour of the late Seosamh Ó hÓgartaigh, founding member and company secretary of Gaillimh le Gaeilge.

 To select the winners of Gradam Sheosaimh Uí  Ógartaigh, Bord Stiúrtha Ghaillimh le Gaeilge assembles an independent panel of judges with a wide range of expertise every year. On the judging panel this year are: Maeliosa Ó hÓgartaigh, Accountant & Businessman and son of the late Seosamh Ó hÓgartaigh, who the award is named after, Daithí Ó Gallchobhair, Team Manager, Gaeltacht & the Islands, Wild Atlantic Way, and Caroline Ní Fhlatharta, Oifigeach na Gaeilge, University of Galway. 

 The following businesses and organisations were selected for the Gradam Gearrliosta this year:

 Retail category, sponsored by Galway Bay FM, the finalists are:

Just Art It and KD Autoparts

Tourism & Hospitality category, sponsored by Fáilte Ireland, the finalists are:

The Hardiman Hotel and Plámás

Services category, sponsored by Computer Troubleshooters Galway, the finalists are:, OPTiM Payroll and Tribes Press

Online Business category, sponsored by The Galway Technology Centre, the finalists are:

Fluff Beag, Irish Socksciety and Tribes Art House

Non-Profit & Other Companies category, sponsored by Acadamh na hOllscolaíochta Gaeilge, OÉ Gaillimh, the finalists are:  Galway Hospice Foundation

Go n-éirí go geal leo go léir!

The category winners will receive a business package to the value of €2,000 from the category sponsors. The five category winners will also receive a replica of the Gradam Sheosaimh Uí Ógartaigh sculpture sponsored by Údarás na Gaeltachta.

The overall winner of Gradam Sheosaimh Uí Ógartaigh will be selected from the five category winners and will receive an Advertising Package from the main media sponsor of the Gradam, the Galway Advertiser. They will also receive a publicity package with TG4 and one year’s membership of Galway Chamber and Gaillimh le Gaeilge.

As part of the grand prize, the overall winner will also receive a sculpture by renowned artist Pádraic Reaney, depicting the fourteen tribes of Galway resting over the River Corrib, with one tribe standing out, who symbolizes the winner of Gradam Sheosaimh Uí Ógartaigh, and all future winners to come.

The names of the winners will remain under wraps until Thursday evening (2nd  June) when Minister of State Jack Chambers TD will open that important envelope! Keep up to date with the latest news and developments by following Gaillimh le Gaeilge’s social media: Facebook, Twitter and Instagram #GradamGleG

Gaillimh le Gaeilge would like to take this opportunity to say a ‘Míle Buíochas’ to all those who took part in this year’s Gradam Awards. ‘Míle buíochas’ also to our valuable sponsors for their continued support and commitment to the Gradam over the years. It is all thanks to the sponsors and the Gradam nominees that make it such a success. Go mba fada buan iad.