Glór na nGael Presentation Dinner
Derry committees among the winners at annual Glór na nGael awards ceremony
President Micheál D. Ó hUiginn was present in The Carton House Hotel in Maynooth on Saturday night to present the annual Glór na nGael awards.
Among the winners on the night were Glór na Speiríní from Baile na Scríne, who were awarded the Comhairle na Gaelscolaiochta prize, and a cheque for £1,500. The award is in recognition of the committee’s ongoing work in promoting Irish language education in their local area. Coiste Forbartha Charn Tóchair were awarded top spot in the category for committees with populations of less than 4,000. Niall Ó Catháin was in attendance on behalf of the committee, and collected the award and a cheque for €4,000.
Cumann Forbartha Chois Fharraige, Galway, took this year’s top award along with a cheque for €20,000. A prizefund totaling €80,000 was awarded to Irish Language community groups, GAA clubs and 3rd level societies in recognition of their achievements in Language promotion and revival.
Other big winners on the night were Glór Cheatharlach, Carlow, Glór na Móna, Belfast, Coiste Forbartha Charn Tóchair, Derry and CLG Na Piarsaigh, Ros Muc, Co. Galway took home the top prize for GAA clubs.
The special award ‘Gradam Glór na nGael’ was presented to the family of the late Séamus Mac Géidigh, in recognition of his outstanding contribution to broadcasting and his role in community development. Seamus’ wife Dolores was in attendance on the night, as were son Dónall and daughters Éadaoin and Póilín.
Special guests representing funders and partner organisations were also present at the event including Foras na Gaeilge and Údarás na Gaeltachta.
Photograph: Niall Ó Catháin from Coiste Forbartha Charn Tóchair, accepting the award for first place in the category for committees with populations of less than 4,000 from Uachtarán na hÉireann, Micheál D. Ó hUiginn. Also pictured is Pat Carey, Chairman of Glór na nGael and Pól Ó Gallchóir, Chairman of Foras na Gaeilge