During a special edition of the RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltacht programme Iris Aniar, Nóra Welby, Bainisteoir and Eoghan Mac Cormaic, Leas Cheannasaí Ghlór na nGael revealed the results of the 2016 Glór na nGael competitions. They announced grand total of up to €79,000 worth of prizes to be awarded to Irish language community groups and GAA clubs throughout Ireland.
The following 4 groups came out on top in their respective competition categories and are now in the running for the top prize of €20,000 and Glór na nGael trophy, an honour which will be announced at our prize giving ceremony in April: Glór Cheatharlach, Co. Carlow (Groups working with populations above 20,000), Cumann Forbartha Chois Fharraige, Co. Galway (Gaeltacht Groups), Glór na Móna, Belfast (Groups working with populations between 4,000 & 20,000) and Coiste Forbartha Charn Tóchair, Co. Derry (Groups working with populations under 4,000).
These awards recognise the outstanding work that voluntary groups undertake year in and year out to provide services and to build Irish speaking communities. It was evident during this years adjudication that the Irish language voluntary sector is going from strength to strength with volunteers releasing tremendous achievements for their communities.
The top prize in the competition for GAA clubs will be presented to CLG Na Piarsaigh, Ros Muc, Co. Galway and Gradam Ghlór na nGael will this year be awarded posthumously to Séamus Mac Géidigh, the Donegal broadcaster and sports commentator who died last year.
Nóra Welby thanked the competition’s main sponsor Foras na Gaeilge, along with Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, Údaras na Gaeltachta, Department of Education and Skills, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, The GAA, and all other sponsors.
Uachtarán na hÉireann Micheál D. Ó hUiginn will present the prizes and announce the overall winner at the annual prize giving on Saturday 22 April in the Carton House Hotel, Maynooth.
Here follows the full list of prize winners:
Special Awards (sponsored)
Duais Ógras €700 Cumann Gaelach Leath Chathail, Co. an Dúin
Duais Chonradh na Gaeilge €1,000 Craobh Mhaigh Cuilinn, Co. na Gaillimhe
Duais an Fhorais Pátrúnachta €1,000 Gaeil Chill Dara
Duais an Fháinne (Gael Linn) Dearbhán €1,000 Bóirche Íochtar, Co. an Dúin
Duais COGG €2,000 Glór Locha Riach, Co. na Gaillimhe
Duais Chomhairle Chontae na Gaillimhe €1,500 Ros Muc 1916, Ros Muc, Co. na Gaillimhe
Duais Chomhairle Contae Dhún na nGall €1,500 Rann na Feirste, Co. Dhún na nGall
Duais Chló Iar-Chonnacht Dearbhán €1,000 Cumann Forbartha Chois Fharraige, Gaillimh
Duais Chomhairle na Gaelscolaíochta £1,500stg Glór na Spéiríní, Baile na Scríne, Doire
Special Awards (Foras na Gaeilge)
Provincial Awards for Voluntary Committees €1,500 each:
Cúige Chonnacht – Glór Chluainín, Co. an Longfoirt
Cúige Mumhan – Clochán Bhréanainn, Co. Chiarraí
Cúige Laighean – Gaeil Chill Dara
Cúige Uladh & an Iontráil Nua is Fearr €1,000 Cairdeas Eoghain, Co. Thír Eoghain
Special Recognition: €1,000 Club na Sionna, Co. an Chláir
GRADAM GHLÓR NA nGAEL Séamus Mac Géidigh
Competition for GAA Clubs:
Duais Chúige Mumhan €500 CLG na Gaeltachta, Baile na nGall, Ciarraí
Duais Chúige Laighean €500 CLG Chaisleán Cnucha, Caisleán Cnucha, BÁC
Duais Chúige Uladh €500 CLG na Sáirséalaigh, Cill Laobháin, Muineachán
Duais Chúige Chonnacht €500 Na Piarsaigh, Ros Muc, Gaillimh
National Winner €1,000: CLG Na Piarsaigh, Ros Muc
2016 Glór na nGael Competition:
Groups working with populations under 4,000
1ú Duais €4,000 Coiste Forbartha Charn Tóchair, Co. Dhoire
2ú Duais €3,000 Bóirche Íochtar, Co. an Dúin
3ú Duais €2,000 Glór Uachtar Tíre, Co. an Dúin
Groups working with populations between 4,000 & 20,000
1ú Duais €4,000 Glór na Móna, Béal Feirste
2ú Duais €3,000 Cairde Teo, Ard Mhacha
3ú Duais €2,000 Pobal ar a’n Iúl, an Ómaigh, Co. Thír Eoghain
Groups working with populations over 20,000
1ú Duais €4,000 Glór Cheatharlach
2ú Duais €3,000 Cumann Cultúrtha Mhic Reachtain, Béal Feirste
3ú Duais €2,000 Ionad Uíbh Eachach, Béal Feirste
Gaeltacht Groups (Sponsored by Údarás na Gaeltachta)
1ú Duais €4,000 Cumann Forbartha Chois Fharraige, Gaillimh
2ú Duais €3,000 Comharchumann Mhic Dara, an Cheathrú Rua, Gaillimh
3ú Duais €2,000 Comhlacht Forbartha na nDéise, Port Láirge