Gaillimh le Gaeilge announces highest number of new entries for Gradam 2020

27 Businesses and organisations, representing a wide range of sectors have put their names forward for Galway’s bilingual business awards – Gradam Sheosaimh Uí Ógartaigh 2020. The Gradam is organised by Gaillimh le Gaeilge in association with the Galway Advertiser and TG4 and with support from the Galway Chamber. 19 of the 27 entries are new for 2020 while 8 are returning.

Companies competing to become the New Tribe of Galway include a bridal boutique, Ireland’s largest medieval parish church, a non-stop Galway Dublin coach service, an international arts festival for children as well as well-known Galway hotels and bars, all in the running to be named as the New Tribe of Galway!

Speaking about Gradam 2020, Cathaoirleach Ghaillimh le Gaeilge Bernadette Mullarkey said:

“We are delighted with the entries to this year’s Gradam, both the record number and the diversity involved. We welcome the new businesses and the more established names to the Gradam and we commend them on their use of Irish as an important element in their business plans. All entrants, particularly this year 2020, will have their efforts in the promotion of Irish in business magnified throughout Ireland, Europe and further afield as part of the spotlight on Galway during our year as European Capital of Culture. Comhghairdeas libh go léir as bhur dtiomantas chun Gaillimh a choinneáil dátheangach agus difriúil. Gach rath oraibh i mbliana.”

Foireann Ghaillimh le Gaeilge will be very busy over the coming weeks providing practical supports and ongoing translation services to the 27 nominees. Service in Irish, sustainability and the visibility of the Irish Language in business is what the Moltóirí will rate highly when they meet for the first time to select the Gradam Gearrliosta on the 8th April 2020. The Gearrliosta will be announced at a press event on Tuesday 21st April @ 12 noon in The PorterShed, Galway.


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 Video Sherpa! Video Sherpa is a software company based in the PorterShed, Galway that has developed a guided content creation platform for businesses. The winner of the Gradam ‘Services ‘ Category, will receive a one-year subscription to Video Sherpa to the value of €2,000, which includes; Video creation software with unlimited user licences; 1 x Media Kit (DJI Osmo stabiliser & microphone set); Create up to 60 videos; Video Hosting; Team training session and Ongoing customer support.

The category sponsors for Gradam 2020 are as follows: Galway Bay FM, Fáilte Ireland, Video Sherpa and Acadamh na hOllscolaíochta Gaeilge, Ollscoil na hÉireann, Gaillimh.

Údarás na Gaeltachta are sponsoring the replicas of Gradam Sheosaimh Uí Ógartaigh, specially designed by the renowned artist Pádraic Reaney. The Galway Chamber will also provide sponsorship to the overall winner. Míle buíochas leo go léir!

All of the Gradam nominees will receive substantial publicity in the Irish and English language media throughout the Gradam campaign and the overall winner will receive the prestigious title as the 15th Tribe of Galway for the year ahead. Go n-éirí go geal leo ar fad.

Retail Category: 5

2 Wild Geese

Anchor Safety Ltd.

Belladonna Bridal

Corrib Shopping Centre

Siopa Leabhar Charlie Byrne

Tourism & Hospitality Category: 10

Celtic Irish American Academy

Galway Greyhound Stadium

Ground & Co.

O’Reilly’s Bar & Kitchen

Salthill Hotel Galway

The Creamery Cafe

The Galmont Hotel & Spa

The Hardiman Hotel

The Kings Head

The Skeffington Arms

Services Category: 6

Big O Taxis

FCC Chartered Accountants

Flynn O’Driscoll

Galway Bay Coffee

Morgan Creative

Other Companies Category: 6

Baboró International Arts Festival for Children

Bród na Gaillimhe

Galway Traditional Orchestra

Saint Nicholas Collegiate Church

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