Gradam Gnó Chiarraí: inspiring business through our language

Businesses actively promoting native tongue urged to apply now for the Kerryman sponsored Gradam Gnó Chiarraí 2019

Gradam Gnó Chiarraí is up and running for 2019 following a recent photo-shoot in Áras an Chontae. Now in its second year, the categories have changed for this year to give new businesses an opportunity to take part in the awards, while allowing for greater development in areas of business where the use of Irish can be developed.

A new category in 2019 also opens a door to the public and state sector to take part in the awards (i.e. to identify the public counter/office that best uses Irish in Kerry).

This year's categories include Signage, Marketing, Customer Service, Kerry Image, Best New Entry and Best Public Sector Counter. Award sponsors for the best use of Irish in 2019 are The Kerryman, Radio Kerry, Kerry's Eye, Oifig Fiontair Áitiúil Chiarraí, Údarás an Gaeltachta agus Foras na Gaeilge.

Kerry County Council's Oifig na Gaeilge will sponsor the commissioned slate plaques, while Glór na nGael oversee the adjudication.

All types of business - large or small, starting out or well established - are more than welcome to take part in Gradam Gnó Chiarraí 2019. Businesses have until the 31 May to register for this year's awards. They can do so by filling in the registration form available at the back of the information leaflet, or by sending their details on-line to

Registered businesses will have the summer to develop their Irish language services with the help of Glór na nGael and the Foras na Gaeilge scheme 'Gnó means Business'. After the summer, businesses will be required to complete a 'self-assessment form' and the adjudicators will meet those successful applicants that make the short-list.

Gradam Gnó Chiarraí 2019 will be announced in November with a presentation of awards by a specially commissioned slate plaque and an advertising/monetary package worth €500 to the winners.

Gach eolas ó Oifig na Gaeilge, Comhairle Contae Chiarraí, Ráth Teas, Trá Lí, Co. Chiarraí nó glaoigh ar 066-7183532.