RENOWNED RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta broadcaster Rónán Mac Aodha Bhuí has been awarded the 2023 Conradh na Gaeilge Gradam an Uachtaráin.
The award ceremony took place at the Conradh na Gaeilge Ard Fheis in the Abbey Court Hotel, An tAonach, Tiobráid Árann.
Gradam an Uachtaráin is an annual award, presented each year to a member of the Irish language or Gaeltacht community who makes a tremendous impact on the Irish language.
This year’s award recognised the remarkable work of Rónán who has been battling cancer for the past four years.
A recent Go Fund Me campaign raised close to €134,000 to help pay for the treatment the broadcaster is receiving in a clinic in Spain.
Congratulating Rónán on his President’s Award, Conradh na Gaeilge’s Paula Melvin said, “Everyone at Conradh na Gaeilge was delighted when Rónán agreed to accept this award at the beginning of the month.
“It is difficult to put into words the tremendous impact Rónán has had and continues to have on the Irish language and Gaeltacht communities. He is a community and Irish language pioneer, a revolutionary voice who has inspired thousands over recent decades. Rónán has always stood shoulder to shoulder with national and local language rights campaigns. He has also inspired us time and time again on Raidió na Gaeltachta and at his infamous Cabaret Craiceáilte, Féile Craiceáilte and other events and festivals over the years.
“We have of course heard of Rónán’s ongoing fight against cancer and the unprecedented community outpouring of solidarity and generosity towards him. Rónán has always stood with us and now we will stand with him.
“This is an exceptional award for an exceptional person. We now have an opportunity through the Ard Fheis to promote the ongoing campaign to raise funds for Rónán’s treatment, Ciste Tacaíochta Rónáin, and of course our thoughts will be with Rónán and his family in the coming weeks and months.”
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