About The Award

The Mary Mulvihill Award was established by the family and friends of the late Mary Mulvihill (1959–2015) to honour her memory and her work in science journalism, science communication and heritage and to promote her legacy.

The Mary Mulvihill Award of €2,000 is given for the entry to the annual competition that, in the judges’ view, best represents the curiosity, creativity and story-telling imagination that Mary Mulvihill showed in her work. Entry to the competition is open to undergraduate and postgraduate students enrolled in an Irish higher education institution at the time of submission. Entries across all media platforms are welcome. Conditions of Entry

TCD student wins 2018 Mary Mulvihill Award

23 May 2018

DUBLIN, 23 May 2018—Trinity College Dublin (TCD) environmental science student Katie Carbonara is the 2018 winner of the Mary Mulvihill Award, the science media competition for third level students that commemorates the legacy of science journalist and author Mary Mulvihill (1959–2015). Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell, one of Ireland’s most respected living scientists, presented the award,… Read more »

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You walk over all this rock, and you never notice it, and you never learn from it, yet it has so much to say – it has history written in it, it is time captured in a kind of a capsule.

Mary Mulvihill

Introduction to a 1995 radio documentary, Pedals and Pebbles. More about Mary

Honouring Mary Mulvihill

Mary Mulvihill was a pioneering, outstanding exponent of science writing and broadcasting. She wrote and broadcast for a wide variety of media, on a vast range of science- and technology-related topics. Her work was marked by an insatiable curiosity about the natural world and the role of science in understanding it, and by a boundless imagination in telling stories about scientific explorations, both now and in the past.

The Mary Mulvihill Association has three strands of activity which represent the diversity and scope of Mary’s achievements and interests: