Gradam Sheosaimh Uí Ógartaigh

Now in its 17th 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. 

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.


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Why enter the Gradam?

It is not essential to be a fluent Irish speaker to participate in this prestigious award.

  • 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.

  • Bilingual Status

Demonstrates your support for Bilingual Status for Galway City. Why use Irish in your business?

  • Gain Extensive Publicity

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. 

The Overall winner will recieve:

  • An Advertising Package to the value of €2,000 from the Galway Advertiser
  • A business package to the value of €2,000 from their category sponsor
  • An Advertising Package with TG4
  • A year’s membership with Galway Chamber* and Gaillimh le Gaeilge
  • A beautiful piece of sculpture especially designed by the renowned artist Pádraic Reaney for a year.


The Category winners will receive:

  • A business package to the value of €2,000 sponsored by local businesses and institutions. [Listed below]
  • A replica of Gradam Sheosaimh Uí Ógartaigh especially designed by the renowned artist Pádraic Reaney
  • Extensive media publicity and acclaim for your business/organisation in the Irish and English language media



Gradam Sheosaimh Uí Ógartaigh 2019 is now closed. 

For more information, please contact Gaillimh le Gaeilge on 091 568876 or email See our Terms & Conditions

The Galway Advertiser, main sponsor of the Gradam Sheosaimh Uí Ógartaigh, is the highest circulation local newspaper in the country, and has been independently verified as the clear market leader in advertising in Galway and the surrounding areas. The Galway Advertiser sponsorship package to Gradam Sheosaimh Uí Ógartaigh will include total Advertising to the value of €4,000.

The category winners will be chosen because of the consistent, successful and effective use of bilingualism in their company which makes them ‘stand out’ in their sector. The company must show a strong commitment to the Irish language and demonstrate innovative ways and ideas for further use of the Irish language. The categories are: Retail, Services, Hospitality & Tourism, Other Companies

Key Dates – Gradam 2019

  • 22nd of February – Closing date for Entries
  • 8th of April – Deadline for the submission of the information packs
  • 16th of April – Press Event to announce the Gearrliosta
  • 7-8th of May – Judging Panel to visit the Gearrliosta
  • TBC – May –  Presentation of Gradam Sheosaimh Uí Ógartaigh 2019

Judging Panel

  • To be confirmed

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