Mary Mulvihill Award 2021

Covid documentary wins top prize

DCU student Eoin Murphy is the 2021 winner of the €2,000 Mary Mulvihill Award for his audio documentary on Covid-19 inequities, comparing experiences in Peru and Ireland.

The Highly Commended award went to TCD student Matthew Thomas for an essay drawing lessons from the AIDS epidemic.

This year’s theme was Virus and entries were submitted in a wide variety of formats, covering many different perspectives on the theme.

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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

Audio documentary on Covid-19 inequities wins €2000 prize

27 May 2021

– Eoin Murphy, DCU, wins €2000 top prize in science media competition – Matthew Thomas, TCD, receives €500 judges’ highly commended award – ‘Virus’ the theme of the 2021 Mary Mulvihill Award DUBLIN, 27 May 2021—DCU student Eoin Murphy is the 2021 winner of the €2000 Mary Mulvihill Award, the science media competition for third-level… Read more »

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  • Mary Mulvihill, seen here snow trekking, encouraging us all to celebrate science for the love of it.

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.

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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: