PrizesBelow is a list of prizes that you may wish to apply for in the course of your freshman studies
ANNE O’CATHASAIGH PRIZE
This prize was founded in 2003 in memory of Anne O’Cathasaigh and is awarded annually for an essay (c. 5,000 words) on W.B. Yeats. Value, €400. Essays should reach the Head of Discipline of the School of English by 31st January 2020.
Topic for 2022: Yeats and the future
This prize was founded in 1921 by a bequest from Miss A.G. Woolson of Portland, U.S.A. It is awarded triennially by the Board on the recommendation of a committee for the best essay on either (a) an English author of Irish descent, or (b) the seats of learning in Ireland prior to 900 A.D. or (b) the seats of learning in Ireland prior to 900 a.d. The committee consists of the Regius Professor of Greek and the Professors of Latin and English Literature. A candidate must be of Irish birth or have been domiciled in Ireland for at least ten years. The candidate must also be an undergraduate of the University or a graduate of not more than five years’ standing. The next award will be made in 2022 and essays must reach the Registrar before 1 October 2022. Value, €1,905.
COMPOSITION PRIZES IN MODERN LANGUAGES
Composition prizes are awarded each year to Junior and Senior Freshman students in the School of English (2 prizes), the Departments of French (6), Germanic Studies (6), Hispanic Studies (4), Irish and Celtic Languages (4), Italian (4), and Russian and Slavonic Studies (4), following two-subject moderatorship, European studies, computer science and language and single honor courses. If sufficient merit is shown, two additional prizes may be awarded in English and in French. One prize for composition in English is awarded to Sophisters. Value, €40 each. Each prize may be divided between students of equal merit.
COSTELLO PRIZE IN ENGLISH LITERATURE
This prize derives from the bequest made in 1954 by Miss Louisa G. Costello. It is awarded annually to the woman student who achieves the best performance in the annual Senior Freshman examination in Trinity term in English. Value, €45.
COTTER PRIZE IN MODERN LANGUAGES
This prize was founded in 1953 by a bequest from W.E.P. Cotter. It is awarded annually to the most highly placed unsuccessful candidate for scholarship in modern languages and literature. Value, €75.
DR HENRY HUTCHINSON STEWART LITERARY SCHOLARSHIPS
These scholarships were founded in 1884 by a bequest from Henry Hutchinson Stewart. Two scholarships, value €500 and €400, are awarded annually to those students who have obtained the highest aggregate of marks in the two-subject moderatorship examinations and whose major subject was a modern language (English, French, German, Irish, Italian, Russian, Spanish). At least one scholarship is reserved for a student whose minor subject was also a modern language. If holders are engaged on full-time postgraduate study in the area of modern languages, the scholarships are increased to €4,445 and €3,175, and renewed at this level for a maximum of a further two years.
EDWARD MILLINGTON STEPHENS PRIZE
This prize was founded in 1972 by a bequest from Mrs L.M. Stephens. The prize will be awarded annually for an essay on some aspect of the Anglo-Irish literary movement. Value, €166. Essays should be submitted by 31st January 2018.
Topic for 2022: Union
MOLLY OWEN FUND
To be used primarily to aid students who wish to pursue a career in writing.
MULLINS CLASSICAL EXHIBITIONThis exhibition derives from the bequest made in 1898 by John Mullins. The income from the benefaction and the exhibition is divided and awarded in two equal parts. The awards are made on the basis of results of an examination in the form of a substantial essay on a topic related to classical antiquity. It must comprise original work that has not been submitted for any other purpose. In order to enter for the examination persons must be undergraduates registered in one of the courses offered by the Department of Classics. Candidates for the award must submit their topic for approval by either the Regius Professor of Greek or the Professor of Latin no later than the end of the sixth week of teaching in Michaelmas term. Candidates for the award must submit their essays no later than the first day of the third week of teaching in Hilary term. The successful candidates to whom the awards are made will be required to use them to enable them to visit archaeological sites of classical interest in the Mediterranean area and will be required to submit a brief account of their visit to the appropriate professor on their return. Value, up to €1,200 for each exhibition.
PRIZE IN OLD AND MIDDLE ENGLISH
This prize is awarded annually to the student obtaining the highest marks in English language in the Freshman years. Value, €30.
RICHARD F. LITTLEDALE PRIZE
This prize was founded in 1892 by subscription in memory of Richard F. Littledale. The prize is divided and is awarded annually for the highest marks, without loss of class, at the Senior Freshman honor examination in English to a Senior Freshman student in single honors English and to a Senior Freshman student of English in two-subject moderatorship. Value (division I) single honors, €350; (division II) two-subject moderatorship, €350.
ROBERT WALLACE HENRY EXHIBITION
This exhibition was founded in 1946 by a gift from Mrs A. Wallace Henry. It is awarded to the student who gets the highest marks in English at the annual Junior Freshman honor examination. Value, €25.
This prize was founded by a gift from an anonymous donor in 1961. It is awarded annually on the recommendation of the Professor of English Literature for an essay on some aspect of the English language after 1400, by a student below M.A. standing. The Professor of English Literature will announce the topics for the following year before the end of Trinity term. Essays should reach the Head of Discipline of the School of English by 31st January 2022. Value, about €200.
Topic for 2022: Alliteration
TYRRELL MEMORIAL PRIZE
This award was founded in 1877 by subscription in memory of William Gerald Tyrrell, Scholar 1871. The award is made annually for meritorious performance in a written examination in a special topic additional to but also related to the modules and annual examinations taken by undergraduate students in the Department of Classics in their Senior Freshman and Junior Sophister years. Candidates for the award are required to give notice to the professors in the Department of Classics not later than the first day in Hilary term and the approval of the professors in the Department of Classics is required for the proposed special topic. Value, up to €2,000.
JOHN ANTHONY TAYLOR PRIZE
This prize was founded in 1974 in memory of John Anthony Taylor, Scholar 1959, by a bequest from Mr and Mrs W.H. Taylor. It is open to all students on the College books under B.A. standing. No student can obtain the prize more than once. It is awarded annually for the best essay in English on a topic connected with classical antiquity.
Topics are announced before 1 June. Essays should be typewritten and should be submitted to the Senior Lecturer before 1 December, the award being announced before the end of the following January. The examiners are the Regius Professor of Greek and the Professor of Latin. Value, €200.
Topics for the prize
The songs of Bob Dylan and Classical poetry
Eavan Boland and the Classics
Decolonising the study of the ancient Greek and Roman worlds: challenges and opportunities
Worlds beyond Greece and Rome: diversifying our picture of the ancient Mediterranean
These prizes are awarded annually for the best compositions on proposed topics in prose or verse in English, Greek, Irish and Latin. They are open to all students on the College books under M.A. standing, but a student cannot obtain a prize oftener than twice in succession, or more than three times in all. The examiners are the Professor of English Literature, the Regius Professor of Greek, the Professor of Irish and the Professor of Latin.
The topics for compositions are announced before 1 June. Compositions, with fictitious signatures and accompanied by sealed envelopes containing the names of the essayists and of their tutors, essays must reach the Head of Discipline of the School of English by 31 January 2022.
No prize is given of more than €80; prizes of less amount and more than one in each kind of composition, may be awarded on the recommendation of the examiners.
English prose: Perseverance
English verse: Fragments
WILLIAM AND MARY ATKINS MEMORIAL FUND
This fund was established in 1980 under the Board’s trusteeship by a bequest from Iris Olive Atkins. The income is used to support two needy students, one in modern languages and one in English. Applications should be made to the Secretary of the Financial Assistance Committee.
If you have queries regarding prizes please contact the Head of Discipline, Dr Andy Murphy.