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The Mary Elmes Prize in Holocaust Studies

The Mary Elmes Prize in Holocaust Studies

We are very proud of out Transition Year students Aoife Sheridan and Molly Boote who were successful in the very prestigious Mary Elmes Prize 2021. 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.

This national competition is run by Holocaust Education Trust Ireland and the History Teachers Association of Ireland. We are delighted that two of our students have been successful.

Aoife’s stunning art entry won first prize. The wonderful, creative and thoughtful entry is eye-catching. The viewer is instantly drawn to the piece. Aoife’s creation gives a very contemporary perspective to the historical subject matter.

Molly’s musical entry, entitled « Liberated », is a beautiful, haunting piece that links to the Mary Elmes story. Molly composed and arranged this beautiful piece herself and played so gracefully with an accompanying video. The listener cannot help but be moved by the poignant piece.

The names of the winners and runners-up are now inscribed on a leaf on the “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.


23 2021
Christmas Holidays 2021
21 2022
Mid Term Break 2022
11 2022
Easter Holidays 2022
08 2022
State Exams 2022
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