The President of NUI Galway, Professor Ciarán Ó hÓgartaigh, launched ‘Duais Aitheantais Pheadair Uí Fhlatharta’ on behalf of Bord Stiúrtha Ghaillimh le Gaeilge in association with ‘Fiontar & Scoil na Gaeilge’, DCU in Áras na Gaeilge, NUI Galway. Peadar was the first Cathaoirleach and funding member of Gaillimh le Gaeilge and he laid down the foundation for the growth and success of the organisation.
A beautiful piece of sculpture was especially designed by the renowned artist Pádraic Reaney, a good friend of Peadar. It will be presented to a person or an organisation who have made a great effort to use the Irish language but who are not involved primarily involved with Gradam Sheosaimh Uí Ógartaigh. Bord Stiúrtha Ghaillimh le Gaeilge will choose the nominees and it was presented for the first time at to Bernie O’Connaill at the presentation of Gradam Sheosaimh Uí Ógartaigh 2018.
Speaking on Bord Stiúrtha Ghaillimh le Gaeilge nomination, Cathaoirleach Ghaillimh le Gaeilge Bernadette Mullarkey said:
“We nominated Bernie Ó Conaill for ‘Duais Aitheantais Pheadair Uí Fhlatharta’ because of his work promoting the Irish language in Galway. He is well known in the sporting world, in the educational sector and in the media and it is evident to those who meet him for the first time, that he holds the Irish language in high regard and that it is central to his personal and professional life.”
She went on to say: “Is ábhair bróid dúinne, chomh maith an comóradh seo a dhéanamh ar Pheadar agus ar an tréimhse a chaith sé go fial flaithiúil linn i nGaillimh le Gaeilge. Through his vision and foresight, he laid down the foundation for the growth and success of the organisation agsu bhí sé i gconaí ina chara dilís dúinn.”