Entries are no longer being accepted for the 40 Years of Change Bursary Award essay competition. Read the winning essay below.
In recognition of Ireland’s 40 years of membership of the EU, European Movement Ireland were delighted to team up with KBC Bank Ireland to announce an exciting new competition for third-level students. The EM Ireland 40 Years of Change Bursary Award, supported by KBC Bank Ireland, is an essay competition that challenged undergraduate students across the island of Ireland to produce an essay on the topic of Ireland and the EU: Forty Years of Change. The competition invited students to critically examine how Ireland and the EU have developed over the past forty years and how this relationship may develop over the next forty.
Entries were reviewed by an independent panel of judges drawn from the worlds of academia and politics to select a winner. Chaired by KBC Bank Ireland Chief Executive, John Reynolds, the panel included Dr Mary Canning, member of the Royal Irish Academy and member of Board of the Higher Education Authority and European Movement Ireland, and David Byrne, former EU Commissioner and Chancellor emeritus Dublin City University.
The author of the winning essay was announced at a gala dinner in Dublin at the end of May 2013 and received a bursary award of €1,500. Second and third place runners-up also received prizes on the night.
The Winning Essay
Congratulations to Brian Bolger, a final year student in UCD, who won first prize in the 40 Years of Change competition. Brian’s essay is available to download and read by following this link: Essay: Ireland and the EU .PDF
Congratulations also to second place winner, Heather Lang, and third place winner, Alice Chambers; both of whom are studying at Trinity College Dublin.
Brian, Heather and Alice were presented with their prizes by the Taoiseach, Enda Kenny TD, at the 40 Years of Change Gala Dinner in Dublin on 30 May. Read what the Taoiseach; Executive Director of European Movement Ireland, Noelle O Connell; and CEO of KBC Bank Ireland, John Reynolds, had to say about the competition and the winners in the event press release.
Speech by An Taoiseach
Read the full speech given by An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny TD, on the night: Speech by An Taoiseach, 30 May
40 Years of Change Gala Dinner Image Gallery
The EM Ireland 40 Years of Change Bursary Award, supported by KBC Bank Ireland, essay competition was open to submissions from undergraduate students from all academic backgrounds, enrolled in a recognised third-level institute on the island of Ireland.
Students were invited to address the following question in an essay between 1,500-2,000 words in length (excluding footnotes):
“Ireland and the EU: Forty years of change. Critically examine how the relationship between Ireland and the EU has developed over the past forty years and how this relationship may develop over the next forty years.”
Entries were submitted electronically to Billie Sparks, EM Ireland’s Education & Advocacy Manager at email@example.com. The deadline for the receipt of entries was 5pm on Monday, 15 April 2013.
Read more via the Press Release: Students Challenged to Analyse “40 Years of Change”