• Freda
  • Foilsithe Aib. 4, 2017

Gradaim Ghnó Mhaigh Eo

Winner of Business with Irish Awards Announced

The winners of this year’s Gnó Mhaigh Eo - Business with Irish Awards were announced at an awards ceremony in Knockranny House Hotel, Westport last Thursday, 23rd February. These lucrative awards, worth over €10,000 in total, recognise the great work being done by businesses across the county who are utilising the Irish language to their advantage in their business.

A panel of independent judges was served the difficult task of selecting this year’s winners of the Business Awards. Over 40 businesses applied for awards in four categories: Signage, Business Materials, Branding and Irish Language Service and the applications were shortlisted to 5 businesses per category.


The adjudication panel comprised of Dr. Gearóid Trimble, Clárbhainisteoir, Foras na Gaeilge, Colmán Ó Raghallaigh, Teacher, Author, Publisher and Chairperson of Togra Mhaigh Eo, and Clíona Ní Mhurchú, Regional Sales Manager with Top Oil, the winners of Gaillimh le Gaeilge’s prestigious Business with Irish Award, Gradam Sheosaimh Uí Ógartaigh.


Each of the judges came to the panel with a different area of expertise and it was by means of a healthy debate on all aspects of the work involved that they came to their decisions. Each of them was greatly impressed by the high calibre of work been done by a variety of businesses across the county, who each, in their own way, have been using the Irish language to their advantage in business.


Dr. Gearóid Trimble, the Manager of Gnó Means Business -  a business initiative of Foras na Gaeilge, the state body responsible for the promotion of the Irish language, remarked on several occasions that many of the signs and business materials in particular could be used as best-in-practice examples of how to design bilingually. 


These awards recognise the great work being done by businesses throughout the county who have successfully incorporated the Irish language into their business.


The following businesses were shortlisted:


Comharthaíocht | Signage

De Búrca, Búistéir & Siopa Bia, Caisleán an Bharraigh

Bronntanas, Siopa Féiríní, Caisleán an Bharraigh

Stauntons, Cógaslann, Caisleán an Bharraigh

Na Mistéalaigh, Caisleán an Bharraigh

Keans, Siopa Crua-Earraí, Clár Chlainne Mhuiris


Brandáil | Branding

Carraig Donn, Cathair na Mart

Gúna Nua, Béal an Átha agus Cathair na Mart

An Port Mór, Cathair na Mart

A Stóirín, Caisleán an Bharraigh

Cuinneog, Balla, Clár Chlainne Mhuiris


Ábhair Ghnó | Business Materials

The Linenhall, Caisleán an Bharraigh

Petals, Caistleán an Bharraigh

Tom Brawn, Cathair na Mart

Bosh, Caisleán an Bharraigh

Clew Bay Creations, Leic Ainimhe


Seirbhís Ghaeilge | Irish Language Service

Séamus Ó Conaill, Mórdhíol Uí Chonaill, Cathair na Mart

Aoibhinn Nic Giobúin, Eddie Egan’s, Caisleán an Bharraigh

Noel Phillips, Phillips’ Menswear, Clár Chlainne Mhuiris

Caitlín Uí Cheallaigh, Carrowholly Stables, Cathair na Mart

Sarah Ní Shúilleabháin, De Búrca - Búistéir agus Siopa Bia, Caisleán an Bharraigh


The event itself saw a crowd of over 100 people gather to support the 20 businesses shortlisted for the awards. Music was provided by Westport-based jazz trio, Aint Misbehavin, who added greatly to the atmosphere of the night. Many of the businesses on the shortlist, along with some other local producers showcased their wares, including Craftworks Mayo.

Gnó Mhaigh Eo, the organisers of the event, were very happy with the success of the event. Commenting on the awards, Freda Nic Giolla Chatháin, CEO of Gnó Mhaigh Eo said “The energy and goodwill to be felt in the room was envigorating. There’s no doubt that muintir Mhaigh Eo have a great grá for the Irish language, and it is rewarding for us to see the fruits of our labour here tonight. We look forward to working with these businesses and with many more in the coming year. ‘

Development Officer,  Daithí Ó Gallachóir, commented on the future that the Awards Cermony has in store. “ This year we had an unpreceedented number of applicants which shows that the Gradaim Ghnó is going from strength to strength, we are looking forward to expanding it further in the years to come and we encourage more businesses to get involved with Gnó Mhaigh Eo.”


The winners were as follows:

  • Irish Language Service – De Búrca Butchers, Castlebar
  • Business Materials – The Linenhall, Castlebar
  • Branding – Gúna Nua – Ballina and Westport
  • Signage – Stauntons Pharmacy, Castlebar

A business from each category was also given a Highly Commended Award and they were as follows:

  • Irish Language Service – Carrowholly Stables, Westport
  • Business Materials – Clew Bay Creations, Lecanvey
  • Branding – A Stóirín, Castlebar
  • Signage – Keans Arro, Claremorris.

Minister of State for Gaeltacht Affairs, Seán Kyne TD, presented the awards, which included advertising and business supports to the value of €2,500 to each winning business. All the winners also received a custom-made award, designed by artist Ronan Halpin, and a wooden plaque engraved with the Gradam Gnó logo, crafted by Gerry Brannigan.

This year boasts an impressive show of support from local enterprise, with sponsorship to the value of over €10,000 forming the lucrative prize fund. This show of support from such local businesses, combined with the exceptional number of applicants to this year’s awards, not only displays the ever-growing influence of Gnó Mhaigh Eo on the business community, but it also reflects the rejuvenated interest in the language across the county.

Gnó Mhaigh Eo has already begun preparations for next year’s awards and those interested in getting involved are encouraged to make contact via gno@gnomhaigheo.ie  or call 0949010140.