Bríd Ní Chonghóile
Bríd Ní Chonghóile is a native of Ceathrú na gCloch in the Mayo Gaeltacht. Bríd has over 20 years’ experience promoting Galway as a Bilingual City and as a world centre for Irish Celtic Culture to both the Irish and European communities.
In her role as Príomhfheidhmeannach, she has the overall responsibility for the day to day management of Gaillimh le Gaeilge; developing and growing the Bord Stiúrtha’s business plan in a progressive and innovative way, as well as building and maintaining strong business relationships and links with businesses, sports and voluntary groups, stakeholders, government departments and other relevant groups. Bríd served as a board member of the Galway Chamber, the Galway VEC (now called GRETB), Foras na Gaeilge, the Tourism Mechanisms Group and is a member of the Galway City Community Network.
She is a former President of Network Ireland, Galway, the organisation for Women in Business and a former member of the National Executive of Network Ireland, the organisation for Women in Business. Bríd was presented with the award for ‘Outstanding Contribution to Business in Galway’ at the Network Galway Business Women of the year and she has also been awarded a ‘Vodafone Passion for the World Around us Award’ in association with the Galway Chamber for her dedication to promoting the Irish language in Galway city.
Gearóidín is a native of Galway city. She received a degree in Irish, Sociology and Politics in NUI Galway and then proceeded to complete a Masters in Business and Information Technology with FIONTAR in DCU. Gearóidín worked with various organisations in Dublin including Axis Arts Centre, St. Patrick’s College and Foras na Gaeilge.
In her role as Bainisteoir Tograí, Gearóidín is in charge of implementing a wide variety of projects which Gaillimh le Gaeilge undertakes such as Gradam Sheosaimh Uí Ógartaigh, Gaeilge sa Ghnó, Business Directory, Dialann Ghaillimh le Gaeilge, Irish on the Menus and Pioc Suas Mé! – Give Irish a Go. Gearóidín also contacts and meets representatives of local businesses to advise and assist them using the Irish language in their business. Gearóidín is also responsible for developing and updating www.gleg.ie.
Ciara, who is a Galway native has been working with Gaillimh le Gaeilge since 2019. She graduated from NUI Galway with an honours B.A International degree in Irish and French and continued on to completed a masters ‘Cleachtas Gairmiúil sna Meáin’ (Professional Practice in Media) in NUIG. As part of her work placement for her masters, Ciara worked in RTÉ where she worked closely with media and the Irish language. During this period, she was part of the production team for Scannal and Cloch le Carn, as well as working in the Digital Media department focusing on journalism online.
Since joining the Gaillimh le Gaeilge team, with a diploma in Digital Marketing in her back pocket, Ciara has worked on projects such as Gradam Sheosaimh Uí Ógartaigh (Galway’s Bilingual Business Award), Gaeilge sa Ghnó, Business Directory, the Gailimh le Gaeilge Diary, GRMAGaillimh and other online campaigns. Ciara enjoys the social element of her job, and a major part of her role involves reaching out to and meeting with businesses and organisations to discuss the idea of incoporating the Irish language into their business, she has also initated meetings with major developers in Galway city to encourage the use of the Irish language in their developments.
With experience in WordPress, Ciara is also responsible for developing and updating www.gleg.ie and managing Gaillimh le Gaeilge’s social media.
Seána is a native of County Wexford. She received a degree in Communications through the medium of Irish from Acadamh na hOllscolaíochta Gaeilge, NUI Galway and then completed a Post Graduate Certificate in Education through the medium of Irish with St. Mary’s University, Belfast.
She has a great interest in Irish music, culture and heritage. She spent years working as a Gaelscoil teacher in County Wexford and providing Irish language, music and sean-nós dance classes for adults. She produced and presented her own radio show, Tobar an Dúchais – Well of Tradition on Raidió na Life. Seána is working in the role as Office Administrator with Gaillimh le Gaeilge.