Highlights

We are very grateful to the Department of  the Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs who have continued with their valuable and essential support  to this project since we were established in 1987 through the National Lottery.  We would also like to also thank Galway City Council, Galway Chamber and of course our Cairde Ghaillimh le Gaeilge for their valued support.

Following is  a list of some of the highlights of the organisation since its foundation;

1987: Galway Chamber of Commerce founded Coiste  na Gaeilge. 

1987:  The Study Local Socioeconomic Impacts associated with the Galway Gaeltacht’ by M.S. Ó Cinnéide and M.J. Keane was published and launched. 

1987:  Gaillimh le Gaeilge was established.

1991-94:  Gaillimh le Gaeilge brings the International Pan Celtic Festival to  Galway for four years.

1992:  An Coiste Logainmneacha was founded in association with Galway City Council and local developers. An Coiste Logainmneacha was set up to provide developers with suitable Irish names for new housing developments in the city. Today 99% of new housing estates in Galway city are named in Irish.

1999:   In a case study about Gaillimh le Gaeilge entitled – The cost-effectiveness evaluation of minority language policies’ [François Grin and François Vaillancourt], it was stated that Gaillimh le Gaeilge was the second most effective organisation in Europe for the promotion of language and culture. 

1999:  The first ATM with a service in Irish launched in Bank of Ireland, NUI Galway. The service was then  extended to Galway City, Galway County and around Ireland shortly afterwards.

2001:  The Mayor Galway, Dónal Lyons launched the ‘Cairde Ghaillimh le Gaeilge’ scheme in association with Galway Chamber.

2002:  Gradam Sheosaimh Uí Ógartaigh was launched by Hannah Kiely, President of Galway Chamber.

2003:  A CD ROM ‘Gaillimh-Cathair Dhátheangach’was launched in association with Hewlett-Packard Galway, and was presented at the Conference ‘Partnership for Diversity’ in Helsinki.

2003:  The Galway Advertiser supports Gradam Sheosaimh Uí Ógartaigh as the main sponsor of the Bilingual Business Award

2004:  Gaillimh le Gaeilge was awarded the European Language Label

2005:  Gradam an Mhéara bronnta ar Ghaillimh le Gaeilge

2006:  The Galway Chamber in it’s rebranding used the tagline ‘I  mbun Gnó ar son Gnó’. It was the only Chamber in Ireland  [26 nationwide] to use a tagline in Irish.

2006:  Gaillimh le Gaeilge’s Strategic Plan 2006-2008 published and launched. This new phase of development represents an opportunity for Galway city to embrace their identity and uniqueness with greater vigour than ever before and to take real and precise action in securing Galway’s future as a bilingual city.

2006:  The new structure of Gradam Sheosaimh Uí Ógartaigh launched with the support of Údarás na Gaeltachta.

2007:  Galway city is an ideal setting for a bilingual city– ‘An Exploratory Study into Bilingualism in Galway City’  in partnership with Galway City Council and the Department of Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs published and launched.  Respondents had little doubt that bilingual status would benefit Galway city and the region with many attributing the benefits to the local tourism industry.

2007: The Mayor’s Award was presented to Gaillimh le Gaeilge 

2008:  Mayor of Galway, Tom Costello launched ‘Séala Sheosaimh Uí Ógartaigh’ a ‘Q Mark’ for the Irish Language in Galway City in association with the Galway County and City Enterprise Board.

Jerome Casey, Economist (Author of the Research) Bernadette Mullarkey, Bane Mullarkey, (Author of the Research), Minister Éamon Ó Cuív, Dept. of Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, Cllr. Declan McDonnell, Mayor of Galway City and Iggy Ó Muircheartaigh, Cathaoirleach Ghaillimh le Gaeilge at the launch of the Research assignment “The economic benefits associated with the Irish language which accrues to Galway City and to the Galway Gaeltacht” which took place in Galway City Council.

2008:  ‘Gaeilge agus Fáilte’ desk pieces and window stickers to highlight that a service is available in Irish from the person who is using it launched and promoted.

2009:  The Irish language is worth in excess of €136 million annually to the economy of Galway City and County –‘The economic benefits associated with the Irish language which accrue to Galway City and to the Galway Gaeltacht’ by Bane Mullarkey Ltd. in partnership with Jerome Casey & Co. Ltd. which stated that the Irish language is worth in excess of €136 million annually to the economy of Galway City and County, supports over 5,000 jobs and more than 90% of Galway City businesses believe that it is a unique selling point for Galway’s image and cultural identity published and launched.

2009:  Pioc Suas Mé! – Give Irish a Go’ launched in association with Snap Galway to celebrate the Volvo Ocean Race in Galway. These booklets can be purchased with your businesses branding for a fee of €250 for 1,000 booklets. 

2010:  Bronnadh Speisialta na Moltóirí: For the first time ever, the Judging Panel decided to make a special presentation to acknowledge the work of two companies that entered the Gradam Sheosaimh Uí Ógartaigh Award for the first time and achieved a particularly high standard.

2010:  Gaeilge À La Carte:  This initiative which was launched by the Mayor of Galway, Cllr. Michael Crowe in the Kings Head and promotes hotels, pubs and restaurants who have introduced the Irish language on their menus.The restaurants with bilingual menus are now listed and promoted on Gaillimh le Gaeilge’s website, www.gleg.ie  as restaurants with Bilingual menus.  

2011:  Gaillimh  le Gaeilge commissioned Edgecast Media Ltd., an independent research company, to undertake a study  that will ‘Specify the contemporary linguistic situation of the Irish Language in Galway city‘. This study is being carried out in order to support Galway’s case for Official Bilingual Status for the city.

2016: Uachtarán na hÉireann, Micheál D. Ó hUigínn declared Galway a bilingual city at a a Special Meeting of Galway City Council.