2013 Awards Finalists

Gradam Gnó as Gaeilge Award

Nemeton TV
Irial Mac Murchú
Banc na hÉireann
Louise Golden
BitSmith Games
Ralph Croly
Freedom Surf School
Billy Butler
Irish Independent
Debbie Brennan

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Nemeton TV

Irial Mac Murchú

Nemeton is based in the Gaeltacht of An Rinn in Co. Waterford and it operates its business predominantly through Irish, a feature which is central to the firm's DNA. Nemeton is best known for GAA Beo and Rugbaí Beo on TG4, but also provides satellite and technical facilities to other broadcasters across the world. Nemeton employs 30 full-time staff and 100 freelancers, and its latest initiative is online broadcasting offering app development and online streaming for video solutions.
Winner
Banc na hÉireann

Louise Golden

Bank of Ireland is a diversified financial services group established in 1783, and its brand is clearly and uniquely Irish. The bank has a programme of ongoing bilingual activities and supports, including ATMs, chequebooks, and dockets, and has developed bespoke marketing materials to engage the schools sector. The bank also ran Celtic Youth Week and Fáilte Fridays initiatives, and it is proud of its tradition of supporting Irish speaking customers and communities.
Finalist
BitSmith Games

Ralph Croly

BitSmith Games is a small independent video game studio based in Dublin. The firm's first game, Kú, Shroud of the Morrigan, based loosely on the Táin, blends Ireland's ancient past and economic present, and it was the first ever iOS game featuring the Irish language. This has helped to create standout for the game in a very crowded market, even internationally, by tapping into interest in Irish mythology and culture, and it got into the Top 80 in the US games charts.
Finalist
Freedom Surf School

Billy Butler

Freedom Surf School has grown from the original 70s Surf Shack in Tramore, Co. Waterford and has developed into Ireland's first bilingual surf school, and it is an official Billabong Sponsored Surf School. The business offers all its activities through the Irish Language, and this means of differentiation has led to a strong brand awareness and considerable customer interest, especially among schools, who see the obvious opportunity to combine surfing with language learning.
Finalist
Irish Independent

Debbie Brennan

The Irish Independent features Foinse each Wednesday, Ireland's best read Irish language publication, reaching over 120,000 readers. In 2012, the newspaper delivered its new Pod Foinse facility to readers, aimed at students as they studied for the Leaving Certificate oral exams. This resulted in increased circulation and traffic gains as it progressed. This initiative helped the newspaper to reach and engage with an important market segment, youth readers.
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