MyEU50 Third Level Competition Exhibition Day with ‘Ireland and the Birth of Europe’ Exhibit

📅 12.00 | Friday, 28 April 2023 | University College Cork’s Banking Hall

In-Person Event 

European Movement Ireland is delighted to invite you to attend the MyEU50 Third Level Competition’s Exhibition Day with ‘Ireland and the Birth of Europe’ exhibit. The event will showcase the work of the MyEU50 Competition and Ireland’s role in the European Union. We are honoured to be joined by Tánaiste Micheál Martin TD, who will launch the exhibit, and present the awards to the MyEU50 winner.

The event is kindly hosted by University College Cork in the Banking Hall, Lapps Quay, Cork on Friday, 28 April 2023.

For more information on the MyEU50 Third Level Competition of the ‘Ireland and the Birth of Europe’ exhibit please see below.

MyEU50 Third Level Competition

The MyEU50 Third Level Competition is the culminating phase of the MyEU50: Ireland’s EU50 Youth Competition that that reached all levels of education in Ireland with over 5,000 participants throughout. Entries at third level focuses on examining the EU core values and their relevance to Ireland today. A wide range of entries were received from podcasts on the Rule of law, op-eds call for more EU solutions to speeches recalling on Irish poets and homelessness. 20 entries were shortlisted and will be highlighted during the Exhibition Day where Tánaiste Micheál Martin will announce the overall winner.

‘Ireland and the Birth of Europe’ Exhibit

“Ireland and the Birth of Europe” is a captivating exhibit that highlights the deep-rooted historical connections between Ireland and the European Union. The exhibit is a part of the Irish government’s EU50 celebrations and showcases the rich cultural heritage and political ties between Ireland and the rest of Europe. Ireland joined the European Economic Community, the forerunner of the European Union, in 1973, but Irish participation in the development of European identities dates back more than a thousand years. After the collapse of the Roman Empire in the West, Europeans built on its foundations to develop their own culture and identity. The Irish played an important role in this great enterprise.

This richly illustrated exhibition tells the story of the part played by Irish scholars and missionaries in the early history of the European idea. St Columbanus was the first of the Irish missionaries and scholars to make a home on the Continent and in around the year 600, became the first to write ‘of all of Europe’ (totius Europae). He and his followers contributed to the shaping of a European heritage that endures today.

Researched, written and curated by Dr Damian Bracken, University College Cork, and Dr Angela Byrne for the Department of Foreign Affairs.

Date: Friday, 28 April 2023.

Time: 12:00: MyEU50 Award Presentation and Launch of Exhibition, with Registration and Light Refreshments from 11:15

Venue: University College Cork’s Banking Hall, 1 Lapp’s Quay, Cork, T12 VF82

Welcoming Remarks: Professor John O’Halloran, President of University College Cork


  • Tánaiste Micheál Martin TD, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Minister for Defence
  • Noelle O Connell, CEO of European Movement Ireland

Prior Registration is essential.

Register here