Gradam Sheosaimh Uí Ógartaigh

Now in its 18th 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 in Ireland’s bilingual city. 

Gaillimh le Gaeilge, in association with the Galway Advertiser and TG4, 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.

Gaillimh le Gaeilge is taking to the airwaves this autumn Gradam Sheosaimh Uí Ógartaigh 2020.

The category winners and overall winners will be announced live on Galway Talks with Keith Finnegan on 5th and 6th of November. The announcements will also be streamed live on Gaillimh le Gaeilge and Galway Bay FM’s Facebook pages.

Key Dates – Gradam 2020

  • 28th of September – Deadline for the submission of the Gradam adjucation forms.
  • 8th of October: Gearrliosta (Finalists) will be announced in the Galway Advertiser.
  • 19th -20th of October: The Adjudicators will interview the Gearrliosta on Zoom to choose the category winners and overall winner.
  • 5th of November: The Mayor of the City of Galway, Cllr. Mike Cubbard, will announce the category winners  live on Galway Talks, Galway Bay FM with Keith Finnegan.
  • 6th of November: An invitation has been issued to Jack Chambers TD, Príomh-Aoire an Rialtais & Aire Stáit do Spórt & don Ghaeltacht to announce the Overall Winner of Gradam Sheosaimh Uí Ógartaigh will be announced live on Galway Talks , Galway Bay FM. 

Judging Panel

  • Rónán O hÓgartaigh
  • Freda Nic Giolla Chatháin
  • Fiona Ní Fhlatharta

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 2020 is now closed for nominations.  

 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

Gradam News

Urraí Ghradam Sheosaimh Uí Ógartaigh 2020

“With a number of native Irish speakers on the team and a customer base that also were fluent Irish speakers we wanted to embrace our Irish language. We have experienced huge support from all the team at Gaillimh le Gaeilge. We are very proud to be part of this celebration of our Irish language and we hope to not only continue with this bilingual brand building but to hopefully encourage the business community at large to also embrace and be proud of our language. As a marketeer, you are trained to identify a tone or voice for the company you represent. So many companies spend so much time looking for that unique identifier, when the reality and solution is right under our nose. We are Irish, we have a voice and a tone and we should celebrate our own unique language.”

Vivienne Molloy, Sweeney Oil- Overall winners of Gradam Sheosaimh Uí Ógartaigh 2019

“We are delighted to win Gradam Seosaimh Uí Ógartaigh 2018, this award means so much to our team as we have been working towards a bilingual business for the past 4 years. This year, to win the overall award recognises the enthusiasm and dedication that we have for the Irish language and realise the importance of promoting Galway as Ireland’s only bilingual city.”

Emma Dillion-Leetch, The Connacht Hotel, Overall winners of Gradam Sheosaimh Uí Ógartaigh 2018

Míle buíochas to our Sponsors

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