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My European Union, My Ireland, My EU50!

To commemorate 50 years of EU membership in Ireland, we want to celebrate with young people across the nation, to see their creativity and new ideas about Ireland and Europe. ‘MyEU50: The Ireland EU50 Youth Competition’ will run over all three levels of education in Ireland; Primary, Post-Primary and Third Level.

For Primary and Post-Primary Level, we have €2,000 up for grabs for the winning entry per level! So join us and let’s get creative about Ireland and Europe!

Further details can be found below!


Regional Breakdown:

MyEU50 will be split into three regions, reflecting the Irish European Parliament constituencies:

  • Dublin (Dún Laoghaire – Rathdown, Fingal and South Dublin; and the city of Dublin)
  • Midlands-North-West (Cavan, Donegal, Galway, Kildare, Leitrim, Longford, Louth, Mayo, Meath, Monaghan, Roscommon, Sligo and Westmeath)
  • South (Carlow, Clare, Cork, Kerry, Kilkenny, Laois, Limerick, Offaly, Tipperary, Waterford, Wexford and Wicklow)

A total of 6 finalists will be selected – one entry from each of the three regions, for both primary and post-primary level.

These 6 finalists will be selected by a panel of qualified judges. They will be looking for creativity against specific criteria, and how the entries reflect and represent EU values.

Exhibition Day:

All 6 finalists will be invited to attend an Exhibition Day in Dublin near the end of 2022, where they will get the opportunity to showcase their project to a live audience and some VIPs.

During the Exhibition Day, 1 primary level finalist and 1 post-primary level finalist will be announced as the overall winners, receiving prizes worth €2,000.



We are challenging primary level pupils to get creative about the 26 other EU countries! Pick a Member State based on facts files you can find on our website here, and in the most colourful and creative way possible, tell us a story about that country.

It could be about their culture or history or currency or whatever you think is fun and interesting!

Who can enter and how?

A full Primary level class or multiple group entries from a Primary School can enter MyEU50.

Deadline to enter is 28 October 2022 and you can do so here via the Submission Form.

What to do and how?

Share with us three to five pieces of amazing information that you have learned about the EU country that you will chose. This can be done whatever way you think is the most creative! You can tell your story with photos, a poster, a collage, a poem, a song, a short story, a dance, playing music, or even a comic strip!

Examples of what you might learn about can be found from our fact files here. And remember, our fact files are just the start! You can choose other things you find interesting about an EU country, like their national sport, or national flower! Who was their greatest explorer or most famous poet, scientist, or athlete!

We have also put together other pieces of information to help you – like when the EU was founded, when Ireland joined, Ireland and the Euro and the history of the EU flag.



We are challenging post-primary level students to get creative by shining a spotlight on how the EU affects their school, or their community.

What to do and how?

Individual students, or a group of up to 6 students, are asked to put your journalist hats on and make a short 2-to-5-minute video ‘news feature’ to explore how the EU affects your school and community. Examples and background information on potential topics can be found here.

You can interview fellow classmates, teachers, family members, friends, people from your community or even MEPs!

Or if you prefer, you can roleplay – we’ll leave the creativity up to you!

Potential areas participants could cover:

  • The EU and young people
  • The EU of the future
  • The changes in Ireland since joining the EU 50 years ago.
  • What is it like to work for the EU?
  • The Irish language and the EU
  • Living or studying abroad
  • The UN Sustainable Development Goals and the EU
  • Culture, music or sport
  • Or anything else you that interests you

Who can enter and how?

While this is an ideal transition year project, students from any year can enter. We welcome all post-primary level students and groups who would like to take part. To participate you will need to submit a video entry of a 2-5 minute ‘news feature’ (no greater than 100MB). Please see here for tips on how to make a video feature.

Deadline to enter is 28 October 2022 and you can do so here via the Submission Form.


Coming January 2023.


Register your interest here so that we can send you resources and keep in touch as you undertake your MyEU50 project!

For further information:

EMAIL: myeu50@europeanmovement.ie

PHONE: +353 (0)1 662 5815

SOCIAL MEDIA: #MyEU50 | @dfatirl | @emireland

Dates For Your Diary

MyEU50 opens for primary and post-primary level!

Deadline for submissions for primary and post-primary level!

Finalists and winners announced for primary and post-primary level!

Exhibition Day in Dublin for primary and post-primary level finalists!

MyEU50 opens for third level!

Story of the EU

Member State Fact Files


What is Ireland EU50?

Ireland EU50 is a programme of initiatives and events marking Ireland’s 50 years of EU membership since our decision to join the EEC in 1972. Ireland’s EU membership over the last 50 years has coincided with radical and transformative change across the social and economic landscape of Ireland. The EU has been a catalyst in the creation of the prosperous, peaceful and progressive Ireland we live in today and Ireland has too contributed to the development of today’s European Union. For more information on Ireland EU50 and the initiatives promoting the EU click the following link: https://ireland.ie/en/eu50/

What is 'MyEU50: Ireland EU50 Youth Competition'?

MyEU50 is a competition across all three levels of education in Ireland, Primary schools, Post-Primary schools, and Third Level Institutions, hosted by European Movement Ireland in partnership with the Government of Ireland. The competition’s aim is to mark Ireland’s 50 years of EU membership by challenging pupils and students to be creative and explore new ideas about Ireland and Europe.

Do I need to register interest in MyEU50 to submit an entry?

No, you can still enter a submission if you didn’t register your interests. Registering your interest in MyEU50 means that we will send you additional information and send reminders to submit your entry before the before the deadline.

When is the deadline for submitting an entry?

28 October 2022

When will the finalists and winners be announced?

The finalists for Primary Level and Post-Primary Level will be announced in November 2022.

Will our entry be made public?

Yes, a selection of entries will be shared online. Please make sure when submitting your entry that you have received media consent from all pupils/students in your entry and have submitted a media consent form along with your entry form.

When and where is the ‘Exhibition Day’?

The ‘Exhibition Day’ will be hosted in Dublin City Centre with a venue to be announced closer to the date. The day will be hosted late November/early December. Winning entries will be notified of the location and date.

Do I need previous knowledge of the EU to take part in the competition?

You need no prior knowledge of the EU to take part in the competition. We provide information and resources aimed at both Primary Level pupils and Post-Primary Schools students that you can use in as basis of your learnings about the EU in this competition.

Can I get support about the MyEU50: Ireland EU50 Youth Competition as we work on our entry?

Yes, the MyEU50 team are here to support you in preparing your entry. You can email us on myeu50@europeanmovement.ie or call us on 01 662 5815.

An féidir le iontáil MyEU50 a bheidh as Ghaeilge?

Sea! Is féidir le iontáil ar gach leibhéil a bheidh trí Gaeilge. Tabhair faoi deara gur in mBearla a bheidh formhor na n-achanni do MyEU50

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