The Kings Head have been announced as winners of Gradam Sheosaimh Uí Ógartaigh, Galway's own bi-lingual business award
Late last week, with its biggest audience yet of 45,000 listeners, The Kings Head was announced, by the Deputy Mayor Colette Connolly live on Galway Bay FM, as the overall winner of Gradam Sheosaimh Uí Ógartaigh, and so were chosen as The 15th Tribe of Galway for 2020.
It is the longest running award of its kind in Ireland, organised by Gaillimh le Gaeilge, in partnership with the Galway Advertiser and with support from TG4 and the Galway Chamber. The Gradam had to reinvent itself and move to a new Autumn schedule due to the outbreak of COVID-19.
Following 27 entries, 11 finalists, 4 categories and 2 rounds of judging, The Kings Head was named as the winner of the ‘Tourism & Hospitality’ Category, sponsored by Fáilte Ireland, which was announced the previous day by the Mayor Mike Cubbard, and they went on to scoop the overall award on Friday!
Paul Grealish of the family-run Galway business, The Kings Head, was absolutely delighted on receiving the news. Speaking about their motivation to use the Irish language he said: “We are very proud of Galway’s status as a bilingual city, and as a family, we’re conscious of doing all we can to promote the use of the Irish language in our business. Our history and heritage are a huge part of what we do. It makes total sense therefore, to use our native language wherever and whenever possible. Locals love to see the Irish. The Irish language has always had a special place in The Kings Head."
"We’ve invited the people of Galway and beyond to "Buail Isteach" since 1989. Since then, we have embraced the Irish language on signage, menus, on digital screens, in our social media and we also provide a ‘Seirbhís trí Ghaeilge’. For over 15 years, we have been selling the Kings Head t-shirts with ‘Buail Isteach’ written across the back without an English translation as well as a special ‘Nollaig Shona’ t-shirt for Christmas."
"Our staff explain the meaning and the correct pronunciation to interested tourists. We are proud to say that almost 40,000 t-shirts with our signature Irish slogan has made their way back to countries all over the world!”
Other proud Gradam award winners were:
Bród Pobail na Gaillimhe, winner of the ‘Other Companies’ Category sponsored by Acadamh na hOllscolaíochta Gaeilge, OÉ Gaillimh.
Corrib Shopping Centre winner of the ‘Retail’ Category, sponsored by Galway Bay FM.
Big O Taxis winner of the ‘Services Category, sponsored by Video Sherpa.
Jack Chambers TD, Príomh-Aoire an Rialtais, agus Aire Stáit na Gaeltachta agus an Spóirt said in his congratulatory video message for the winners: “Tá áthas orm go bhfuil deis ag na comhlachtaí agus na heagraíochtaí seo aitheantas a fháil don tsárobair agus na Gradaim seo á bhfógairt. I understand that Gaillimh le Gaeilge is doing a very worthwhile job of nurturing and promoting the language in Galway, and that these Awards play a central role in the Irish language life of the city.”
Rónán Ó hÓgartaigh spoke on behalf of the Moltóirí and said: "We all really enjoyed the virtual meetings with the businesses. We were very impressed by their dedication and achievements. Each one of them has a unique approach, all of whom make every effort to promote the Irish language in their business. They are very proud to do their part to highlight Galway’s status as an official bilingual city. With Galway city acting as the gateway to an Ghaeltacht, we have no doubt that the business sector can use this to its advantage. We were very encouraged after speaking to everyone and pleased that they recognized the values of Gaillimh le Gaeilge's work. We truly commend everyone who took part, for their dedication and commitment to the Gradam over the last number of months, and sincerely congratulate all the winners!”
The Gradam category winners all received a business package to the value of €2,000 from their respective category sponsor as well as a replica of Gradam Sheosaimh Uí Ógartaigh sponsored by Údarás na Gaeltachta. The Kings Head will receive an advertising package, including a publicity package with TG4 and one year’s membership of Galway Chamber and Gaillimh le Gaeilge.
They also receive Gradam Sheosaimh Uí Ógartaigh, a beautiful piece of sculpture specially designed by the famous artist Pádraic Reaney symbolising the 14 Tribes of Galway, with one ‘present day Tribe’ representing the winner of Gradam Sheosaimh Uí Ógartaigh 2020 and other winners to come. MOLSCÉAL are also sponsoring the Gradam again this year. They created videos of all the Gradam finalists’ bilingual achievements which can be seen on Gaillimh le Gaeilge’s social media channels and on the MOLSCÉAL app.
Ba mhaith le Gaillimh le Gaeilge buíochas a ghabháil leis na hainmnithe ar fad a ghlac páirt i nGradam Sheosaimh Uí Ógartaigh i mbliana agus comhghairdeas a dhéanamh leis na buaiteoirí ar fad. Tá ár mbuíochas tuillte chomh maith ag na moltóirí as ucht a gcuid ama don mholtóireacht. Is iad sin: Rónán Ó hÓgartaigh, mac le Seosamh Ó hÓgartaigh, a bhfuil an gradam ainmnithe as; Freda Nic Giolla Chatháin, Saor-aistritheoir agus iar-Phríomhfheidhmeannach Ghnó Mhaigh Eo, Fiona Ní Fhlaithearta, TG4. Ár mbuíochas chomh maith leis na hurraitheoirí ar fad a lean lena dtacaíocht don Ghradam. Táimid fíorbhuíoch díobh.
Feature photo courtesy of Food PR & Communications