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 2022:

History Essay
1st Place: Mary Elmes, Orla O’Donovan, Mount Mercy College, Co. Cork
2nd Place: Eugene Lazowski, Joanna Schaffer, Clifden Community School, Clifden, Co. Galway
3rd Place: Giorgio Perlasca – A Righteous Former Fascist, Lynetta Wang, The High School, Rathgar, Dublin 6

Creative Response


1st Place: The Righteous of the Nations, Kelly Donnellan, Villiers School, Limerick
2nd Place: Saviour, Jake O’Loughlin, The High School, Rathgar, Dublin 6
3rd Place: Shoah, Josh Taylor, Stratford College, Rathgar, Dublin 6


1st Place: Grace Wolfe, Clifden Community School, Clifden, Co. Galway

2nd Place: Tamami Gill, The High School, Rathgar, Dublin 6

3rd Place: Aisling Duffy, Holy Rosary College, Mountbellew, Co. Galway


1st Place: The Waking Hour, Maria Rymaszewska, Malahide Community School, Malahide, Co. Dublin
2nd Place: Cameron McKinley, St. Columba’s College, Dublin 16
3rd Place: Group Entry, St. Mary’s Secondary School, Nenagh, Co. Tipperary


Results for 2021:

History Essay
1st Place: Witold Pilecki – The Forgotten Polish Patriot, Peter O’Neill, Holy Rosary College, Co. Galway
2nd Place: Mary Elmes, Anna Hayes, Villiers School, Limerick 
3rd Place: The Prestigious Mary Elmes, Erica Magee, Dominican College Muckross Park, Dublin 4

Creative Response


1st Place: The Work of Mary Elmes, Zara McFerran, Villiers School, Limerick
2nd Place: For Edith, Roisin Farrell, Tullamore College
3rd Place: The Power of One, Matthew Drury, St.Nathy’s College, Co. Roscommon


1st Place Aoife Sheridan, Clifden Community School, Co. Galway.

2nd Place: Amaia Casey, Dominican College Muckross Park, Dublin 4

3rd Place: Jessica Needham, The High School


1st Place: ‘Hope’, Ilona Mkritchyan, St Raphaela’s Secondary School, Stillorgan

2nd Place: ‘Liberated’, Molly Boote, Clifden Community School, Connemara, Co Galway

3rd Place: Voices of the Darkness’, Sam Hutichison, High School, Rathgar’


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

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

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

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

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