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Top Oil is new Tribe of Galway!

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Top Oil on the Tuam Road in Galway was announced as the overall winner of Gradam Sheosaimh Uí Ógartaigh at a special awards ceremony which took place in the Westwood Hotel on Thursday the 12th May 2016.

Former Minister of State for the Gaeltacht, Joe McHugh, presented Top Oil with Gradam Sheosaimh Uí Ógartaigh, a beautiful piece of sculpture specially designed by the famous artist Pádraic Reaney symbolising the 14 Tribes of Galway, with one ‘present day Tribe’ representing the winner of Gradam Sheosaimh Uí Ógartaigh 2016 and other winners to come.

The gala awards ceremony attracted over 100 representatives from all aspects of Galway life who came to celebrate the use of Irish in business in the city as well as Galway’s status as the first city in Ireland to gain bilingual status.

Top Oil was also named as the winner of the ‘Services’ Category sponsored by Snap Galway before going on to scoop the overall award on the night.

The Moltóirí said that they were particularly impressed by the integration of the Irish language into Top Oil: from a ‘Seirbhís i nGaeilge’ to bilingual signage, bilingual stationery, Gaeilge on delivery trucks and a new bilingual logo – “Fuelling Ireland/Éire Á Breoslú”.

They were also impressed with how the staff were inspired and encouraged to use Irish. Top Oil also intends to extend the use of the Irish language to other branches around the country.

Other category winners for Gradam Sheosaimh Uí Ógartaigh 2016 were Faherty Paints (Retail winner, sponsored by Galway Bay FM); the Connacht Hotel (Tourism & Hospitality winner, sponsored by Fáilte Ireland) and the Galway Technology Centre (Other Companies winner, sponsored by Acadamh na hOllscolaíochta Gaeilge, Ollscoil na hÉireann Gaillimh).

They all received a business package to the value of €2,000 from their respective category sponsor as well as a replica of Gradam Sheosaimh Uí Ógartaigh specially designed for the Gradam by Pádraic Reaney and sponsored by Údarás na Gaeltachta.

A reflection of the high standard of entries this year is Bronnadh Speisialta na Moltóirí, a special award designed to acknowledge a business who has entered the Gradam for the first time and has achieved a very high standard which could not go unrecognised.

This award, sponsored by Judy Greene Pottery, was presented to Péarla na Mara. The Moltóirí were particularly impressed by the attitude and passion for the language displayed by the owner. Péarla na Mara have embraced the ‘Spirit of the Gradam’ and see it as something that is integral to the success of their business.

For the first time this year, the Moltóirí bestowed a University Scholarship sponsored by Acadamh na hOllscolaíochta Gaeilge, Ollscoil na hÉireann, Gaillimh on a business that is making a special effort to develop a ‘Service in Irish’ for their customers.

Michaela McDermott of Charlie Byrne’s Bookshop was presented with a one year scholarship on the language acquisition course, ‘An Dioplóma sa Ghaeilge’, a university qualification from NUI Galway.

 

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Aer Lingus addition means airline will have record capacity at Shannon in 2020

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Pictured at Shannon Airport onboard the new A321neo LR aircraft were (from left) Donal Moriarty, Chief Corporate Affairs Officer Aer Lingus, Andrew Murphy, Managing Director Shannon Airport, Rose Hynes, Chairman Shannon Group and Mary Considine, CEO Shannon Group.

There was double cause for celebration in Shannon last week when Aer Lingus launched its second new aircraft at the airport as its New York JFK service resumes ahead of schedule.

CEO of Shannon Group, Mary Considine, has said that the launch today of the new Shannon-based aircraft and the early return of Aer Lingus’ JFK service was a further show of commitment by the airline to Shannon Airport and the region.

The service recommenced last week – a month earlier than in previous years – and will operate six days a week, rising to seven days a week in the peak summer months all the way through to the end of the year.

Passengers will now avail of the new state-of-the-art A321neo LR aircraft on this route, which comes complete with additional business class capacity.

With this and their two services for Shannon in 2020, Aer Lingus’ capacity this year will grow by 20%.   As a result 2020 will see the largest percentage increase in the number of Aer Lingus seats in over 30 years at Shannon Airport.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Global leadership experts set for Galway conference

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Guest...Kelly Swanson.

An international conference – tackling today’s business leadership challenges – will take place next October in Galway.

Leading At The Edge will bring 400 leaders from organisations large and small in every sector from across Ireland together to hear from international experts and local success stories on what’s required to lead in the 2020’s: getting and retaining engagement with staff, customers and other stakeholders.

Among the world-renowned speakers at the event in the Galmont Hotel will be Jason Jennings, the NY Times and Wall Street Journal best-selling author of eight books on leadership. Warren Buffett liked one of Jason’s books so much he bought boxes full to give to his colleagues.

“There are many organisations along the western seaboard which want to learn from global experts but don’t have the time to travel to and stay in Dublin,” says Galway resident Kevin Kelly, one of the organisers of Leading At The Edge

“People coming to Leading At The Edge can expect to leave with ideas they can put to work straight away in their organisations as well as benefiting from a huge network of 400 business leaders in one place for one day.”

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Cost of living leaves no room for pension

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Breda Dooley, Matrix Recruitment.

Almost half of Irish adults do not have a pension, and more than one-third of those blame rent and other day-to-day bills for making it impossible for them to afford contributions.

That’s according to the Matrix Recruitment Pension, which also reported that, when it came to pensions, males outnumbered females – with 60% of men have a pension as opposed to 48% of women.

Of the 52% surveyed who do contribute to a pension, two fifths (41%) say that they are not confident that their pension will be enough to live off in retirement, based on current contribution rates.

A further 31% responded that they simply didn’t know if their pension would be enough for retirement.

The state pension age became one of the hottest topics of debate between the political parties and the electorate in the run-up to last weekend’s General Election.

Given that the research was conducted during the election campaign period, it raises the question as to whether the heightened awareness and conversation around pensions impacted the findings.

The survey also found that 29% of adults without a pension are planning to start one this year – and more than two thirds (69%) of those with a pension said that they planned to increase their contributions in the future.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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