Launch of Science Media Competition for Third Level Students
€2,000 Award for Best Work on the Theme, ‘Our scientific heritage’

1 October 2019

The Mary Mulvihill Association is pleased to invite applications for the Mary Mulvihill Award 2020, which commemorates the work and legacy of science journalist, author and Ingenious Ireland founder Mary Mulvihill (1959-2015).

In this, the fourth year of the competition, entries are invited on the theme of ‘Our scientific heritage’. We welcome projects and works in text, audio, visual or mixed formats that explore places, artefacts, personalities, and issues—such as public awareness or conservation—relating to Ireland’s scientific and industrial heritage.

This year’s theme celebrates the forthcoming republication of Ingenious Ireland, Mary’s landmark book, which, county by county, reclaimed for contemporary readers Ireland’s long-neglected scientific, industrial, geological, ecological and archaeological heritage. We invite entrants to explore Ireland’s ‘mysteries and marvels’, be they known or unknown, in the same spirit of intellectual curiosity and pleasure in storytelling that Mary brought to bear on her work.

For further information on the award, including guidance to entrants and past winners, see

The closing date for submissions is 31 March 2020 extended to 30th April 2020.

The judges for the Mary Mulvihill Award 2020 are:

  • Ellen Byrne, Creative director & co-founder, Festival of Curiosity
  • Karlin Lillington, Irish Times tech journalist & columnist
  • Nigel Monaghan, Keeper, National Museum of Ireland – Natural History
  • Anne Mulvihill, Sister of Mary Mulvihill

The Mary Mulvihill Award is a project of Remembering Mary, an initiative established by 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. It administers and awards funds to commemorate her work and its significance.

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Cormac Sheridan
Competition Administrator

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