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Irish language Top 50 recognises companies who put their mouth where their money is

Irish language Top 50 recognises companies who put their mouth where their money is

The Fourth Annual Top 50 Business as Gaeilge Awards today pay tribute to companies which are using the Irish language to boost their bottom line. Guest speaker at the ceremony was politician and entrepreneur Senator Mary White while among the recipients ranged from global giants like Samsung to Arann Islands co –operative Comharchumann Forbartha Arann.

2009 marks the fourth year of the awards with a new group of fifty recipients highlighting the active use of the Irish language across a wide range of professions and industries including professional services, technology, the arts, media and entertainment, retail, catering and the public sector.
Speaking at the event Senator Mary White said:
“It’s my hope that by giving recognition to our most vibrant businesses during this painful economic recession we’re bringing a little confidence stimulus to the economy. The companies here are committed to the Irish language and to planting the seeds which will, hopefully sooner rather than later, produce the green shoots of economic recovery.”
Special Achievement Awards were presented to six leading enterprises:

  • Software company Optinet provides internet and IT services to the country’s largest Irish language organisations.
  • Newry and Mourne Council picked up the Public Sector Award for use of Irish in Council business and services.
  • Cultúrlann Uí Chanáin is a €4.75 (£4.2m) culture and arts centre driving new jobs and prosperity in Derry.
  • Éilis Bairéad, executive manager of Donegal Airport received the Gaeltacht Business Award.

The Marketing Award goes to Siobhán Uí Scannláin and Bill Scanlon of Fabraic Fíor Álainn/The Fabulous Fabric Company of Co Cork, an interior design and fabric company.

The Business of the Year Award goes to Samsung Ireland for its best-selling Tocca mobile phone, the first to include predictive text in Irish.
The awards were hosted by the Belfast Media Group and sponsored by The National Lottery, Údarás na Gaeltachta, The Marketing Institute and new internet shop
A magazine profiling the Top 50 can be accessed at <> .

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