The Mary Elmes Prize

Holocaust Education Trust Ireland

in association with the History Teachers Association of Ireland

The Mary Elmes Prize in Holocaust Studies
for Transition Year students, launched in September 2019.

The prize bears the name of Mary Elmes, an Irish woman who saved scores of children during the Holocaust. In 2013, Mary was awarded Righteous Among The Nations (posthumously) by Yad Vashem, the Holocaust Remembrance Authority in Israel. She is the first Irish person to be so honoured.

Each year, students are invited to complete a History essay or create an artistic response to raise awareness about the Holocaust, inspired by Mary Elmes and her story.

All submissions must be the students’ own work


The Prize

Click here for prize winners

As the winner of each section is announced, a leaf will be inscribed on the Tree of Life in their name. The tree will grow, and the number of leaves will increase each year. Each winning student will receive a certificate and a lapel pin to wear and presented to them in a prize-giving ceremony. Each winning student will be invited to participate in the national Holocaust Memorial Day commemoration.


NEW Submission date: 1 March 2022.

TY Coordinators will be asked to select one entry from the history essay
category, and one entry from each of the artistic responses, music, art and
literature. (4-entries).

These will be forwarded to HETI and we will then distribute them to the judging panel by February 2021. The 4-sections of our judging panel will then have to select the best three entries to create a shortlist. HETI and HTAI will then decide from this shortlist the winner and runner up of the history essay and creative response categories.

Entries should be sent by email to, or by post to The Mary Elmes Prize, Holocaust Education Trust Ireland, Lower Fitzwilliam Street, Dublin 2, D02 XT91


Prize Results
The prize winners and runners-up will be announced in April 2022. Each winning student
and runner-up will be notified by letter through their schools.

Announcements will appear on relevant websites and the Mary Elmes Prize dedicated website page.


Other recommended reading
Mary Elmes story A Time to Risk All, by Clodagh Finn, is published by Gill Books

The Extraordinary Story of Mary Elmes, by Paddy Butler, is published by Orpen Press

Miss Mary, by Bernard Wilson, is published by Gill Books

Holocaust Memorial Day booklets can be downloaded from the HETI website

Gilbert, Martin. The Righteous: The Unsung Heroes of the Holocaust, (Holt Paperbacks, 2004)

Satloff, Robert. Among The Righteous: Lost Stories from the Holocaust’s Long Reach into Arab Lands, (Public Affairs, 2006)