Mártan Ó Ciardha, Chairman of Coiste Náisiúnta na Gaeilge, GAA and other guests presented medals to 40 clubs in recognition of their achievements in regards to the Irish Language at a special event in Croke Park on 16 December.
87 clubs registered with the Foundation in 2017, the schemes’ first year. The Joe McDonagh medal is awarded to clubs for for various levels of achievement in promotion of the language. In December 30 bronze and 10 silver medals were awarded to clubs throughout Ireland. No club has yet reached the high standard of achievement set out to qualify for the gold medal.