Glór na nGael recognition has been achieved by two Irish language groups in County Down.
Cumann Gaelach Leath Chathail in Downpatrick achieved top prize in its section, and a cheque of €8,000.
And the Lower Mournes Branch of Conradh na Gaeilge won the Comhairle na Gaelscolaíochta prize worth £1,500 for the promotion of Irish medium education.
More than three hundred representatives of voluntary Irish languages from throughout the country and abroad gathered in Clontarf Castle in Dublin for the annual Glór na nGael last week.
More than €145,000 was awarded to school and university committees and groups from across Ireland, Scotland and the United States.
Coiste Forbartha Dobhair in Donegal won the top national prize worth €40,000.
Prizes were awarded in two separate categories: committees with employees and committees without employees.
Special prizes were awarded across a range of areas of work including Irish language clubs in secondary schools and in universities.
For the first time, more than 30 medals were awarded acknowledging consistent high levels of achievement in the Glór na nGael competition over the past three years.
Cumann Gaelach Leath Chathail was awarded a gold medal and the Lower Mourne Conradh na Gaeilge was awarded a silver medal for their achievements.