Gradam Sheosaimh Uí Ógartaigh

Galway’s own Bilingual Business Award.
Now in its 15th year, Gradam Sheosaimh Uí Ógartaigh, Galway’s own bilingual business award, recognises and celebrates companies and organisations in Galway city that use the Irish language in their day-to-day business. Gradam 2017 will be the pinnacle of Gaillimh le Gaeilge’s celebration of 30 years in business.


Gaillimh le Gaeilge, in association with the Galway Advertiser, and with support from the Galway Chamber organises Gradam Sheosaimh Uí Ógartaigh. The Gradam is named in honour of the late Seosamh Ó hÓgartaigh, founding member and company secretary of Gaillimh le Gaeilge.

Why enter the Gradam:
National and international reputation – Participating in the Gradam demonstrates your commitment to our national and international reputation as a unique Cultural City that values its linguistic heritage.
– Demonstrates your support for Bilingual Status for Galway City.
Gain Extensive Publicity and create a high profile for your business in the Irish and English Language media.
Benefits and Prizes – The total value of the sponsorship for the Gradam is in excess of €23,000, supported by local sponsors. The winners and category winners will also receive a beautiful piece of sculpture especially designed by the renowned artist Pádraic Reaney.
Free of Charge – There is no cost associated with entering the Gradam and Gaillimh le Gaeilge are here to help you every step of the way.
It is not essential to be a fluent Irish speaker to participate in this prestigious award.

.For more information, please contact Gaillimh le Gaeilge on 091 568876 or email

By using the Irish language in your business, you will:
– Harness goodwill at low cost – most Irish people are very sympathetic towards the language, and have a desire to speak and understand it
– Attract new customers, especially among Irish speakers and learners – Galway city holds a unique Irish-speaking customer base, many of whom will choose a company that uses Irish over one that does not
– Create a distinctive image and signal a commitment to quality and excellence
– Attract tourists – visitors want to experience a place that feels, looks and sounds different
– The use of the Irish language strenghten’s Galway’s uniqueness and cultural appeal. Join us by putting it centre stage as we approach our year as the European Capital of Culture 2020. 


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Click on the following video to sample the atmosphere at the Gradam Sheosaimh Uí Ógartaigh 2017 Awards Ceremony. 











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