The Mary Elmes Prize Results

This 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.

Holocaust Education Trust Ireland and the History Teachers Association of Ireland are delighted to announce the winners and runners-up of The Mary Elmes Prize in Holocaust Studies. The names of the winners and runners-up are now inscribed on a leaf on our “The Mary Elmes Tree of Life”. As the tree grows, the number of leaves will increase each year. A prize giving ceremony will be held later this year where students will be presented with a certificate and a medal replica of their leaf, inscribed with their name and year of entry in the competition. The winner of each category is also invited to attend the National Holocaust Memorial Day Commemoration, held every year in the Round Room in the Mansion House, on the Sunday closest to 27 January. They will be invited to participate in the commemoration by giving a reading from the diary of a young person from the time.

We look forward to the future of The Mary Elmes Prize and the wonderful, creative and thoughtful entries created by Irish students. More details can be found on the competition page which will be updated in the coming months.

Results for 2020:

History Essay
Winner: The Rebel Mayor [PDF], Dragos Cazan, Stratford College, Dublin
Runner-up: Mary Elmes [PDF], Thomas Rushe, St Brigid’s College, Loughrea, Co Galway

Creative Response

Literature
Winner: One Summer’s Night in Oświęcim [PDF], Genevieve Flynn, Villiers School, Limerick
Runner-up: Reinhelt [PDF], Clodagh Kelly, Ashton School, Blackrock, Co Cork

Art
Winner: Arbeit Macht Frei, Aisling Matthews, St Louis Dundalk, Co Louth

Arbeit Macht Frei – Click to enlarge

Runner-up: Mary Elmes, Alison Doyle, Mercy College Chapelhill, Sligo, Co Sligo

Mary Elmes – Click to enlarge

Music
Winner: Life, Sean Tuohy, Ashton School, Blackrock, Co Cork

Runner-up: Mary’s Children, Tadhg Byrne, Gorey Community School, Co Wexford