Ann O'Dea with 2019 Mary Mulvihill Award Winner Laura Katharine Finnegan

Ann O’Dea with 2019 Mary Mulvihill Award Winner Laura Katharine Finnegan

2019 Winner

Trinity College Dublin PhD student Laura Katherine Finnegan was the 2019 winner of the Mary Mulvihill Award for her illustrated children’s book profiling notable Irish scientists (including Mary Mulvihill and Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell, who presented the 2018 Mary Mulvihill Award).

Download a copy of Finnegan’s illustrated sampler: Illustrator Laura Finnegan – TCD – For the Love of Science (PDF, 8 pages, 2.3 MB).

2019 Special Distinction Winner

Emily Sheridan, a PhD student at University College Dublin, received a judges’ special distinction award, which includes €500 in cash. Sheridan’s entry, entitled ‘A Tale of a Life Lived for Science from an Unlikely Narrator’ comprised an account of her own journey in science and her parallel journey in learning how to cope with mental health challenges that developed during her teenage years.

Detail from the Illustration of Jane Farrar by Laura Katharine Finnegan

“a beautiful and engaging piece, with a very high quality of both narration and illustration.” – 2019 Award Judges

Laura Katherine Finnegan, Mary Mulvihill Award Winner 2019

Download a copy of Finnegan’s illustrated sampler: For the Love of Science (PDF, 8 pages, 2.3 MB).

About the Award

2019 was the third year of the Mary Mulvihill Award, set up to honour Mary’s memory and the legacy of her work. The winning entry for 2019 by Laura Katharine Finnegan reflected the pleasure in storytelling and skill and in imparting information that marked Mary’s work. Anne Mulvihill, Mary’s sister and a member of the judging panel, remarked that,

“Mary would have been delighted with this joyful and creative entry and with its target audience,”

Norin Mulvihill, Brian Dolan, 2019 Mary Mulvihill Award Winner Laura Katharine Finnegan and Anne Mulvihill

Norin Mulvihill, Brian Dolan, 2019 Mary Mulvihill Award Winner Laura Katharine Finnegan and Anne Mulvihill