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Irish Business Awards ‘GRADAIM Gnó na hÉireann’ presented to 146 businesses

The prestigious awards ‘GRADAIM Gnó na hÉireann’ for 2023 were presented to 146 businesses at a major event in Croke Park today, 15th November 2023. Among the recipients were Tesco Ireland, JD Wetherspoon, and Trócaire. The awards were presented by television presenter Mary Kennedy, with Sinéad Ní Uallacháin serving as the host.

This is the second year of the national recognition scheme GRADAIM Gnó na hÉireann, managed by Glór na nGael. Awards are granted to businesses for achieving a certain standard in the use of the Irish language across three major areas: 1. Signage, 2. Branding and Marketing, 3. Service in Irish.

Of the 146 businesses, 26 achieved a gold award in all three areas, and 74 others obtained at least one gold award. Since the scheme’s inception, over 480 recognition awards have been presented.

Frainc Mac Cionnaith, the scheme manager at Glór na nGael, explained that the GRADAIM plaques inform the public about the type of Irish language service and signage they can expect from the participating businesses.

“It’s a comprehensive, independent and national assessment process providing accurate, certified and up-to-date information to the public about the type of Irish language service and signage they can expect from the participating businesses,” said Mac Cionnaith. “The national recognition awarded to the businesses today, both small and large, is well deserved. I congratulate them all, commend them highly for their dedication and commitment, and of course, I thank the representatives from community committees and the language planning officers around the country who are supporting the promotion of the scheme.”

In the special ‘Young Entrepreneur of the Year’ category of the scheme, special recognition was given to two young individuals who showed a flair for entrepreneurship and a passion for the Irish language. This year, the “Young Entrepreneur of the Year” award went to Mia Nic Daibhéid (age group 18 – 21) from Annagry, Co. Donegal, and Ruairí Ó hÓgáin (age group 12-18) from Dingle, Co. Kerry.

GRADAIM Gnó na hÉireann is a scheme developed and run by Glór na nGael. Glór na nGael receives support from the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sports and Media and from Foras na Gaeilge.

The following 26 businesses received a gold award in each category:

Cogaslann Mhuintir Breathnach Daingean Uí Chúis Co.Chiarraí
Teach Bhillie  Gort a’Choirce, Co. Dhún na nGall.
Clódóirí CL Print  Eastát Tionsclaíochta Chasla, Co.na Gaillimhe
Forbairt na Dromoda Teo Máistir Gaoithe, Cill Áirne, Co.Chiarraí
An Siopa Leabhar  6 Sráid Fhearchair Baile Átha Cliath 2
Seosamh Breathnach (hurley Fixer)  CLG Na Fianna, Bóthar Mobhí, BÁC
Connect The Dots Design  Béal Feirste
An Garraí Glas  Na Creagáin, Indreabhán, Co. na Gaillimhe
Óga Yoga Mullach Íd,e Baile Átha Cliath
Caifé Ceoil Áras Mhic Reachtain, Bóthar Aontroma, Béal Feirste
Siopa Údar Ráth Chairn, Co.na Mí
Kombucha Na Dálaigh Gort a’Choirce, Co. Dhún na nGall.
OQ Education Contae Shligigh
An Spailpín Fánach Ceardlann An Spidéil, Co.na Gaillimhe
Beatha  Sráid an Doirín, Daingean Uí Chúis, Co.Chiarraí
Corcra Media Cultúrlann McAdam Ó Fiaich, Béal Feirste
Aran Úna @ Caifé Úna Inis Oírr, Co.na Gaillimhe
Stiúideo Feirste 30 Sráid Dhubhaise, Aontroim
Tesco, Siopa an Phobail Indreabhán Co.na Gaillimhe
Teanga Mhilis Ceatharlach
Cinnteacht,  Iúr Chinn Trá, Co.an Dún
An Capall Dubh Sráid an Dóirín, Daingean Uí Chúis Co.Chiarraí
Cúram Lae An Droichead Sráid Cooke, Béal Feirste
T O Maille Teo. Rosmuc, Co.na Gaillimhe
An Lon Dubh  30 Sráid Dhubhaise Béal Feirste