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Create a painting, a drawing, a poem or a short story based on the images of the Book of Kells and enter it into the Book of Kells Creative Art and Writing competition. The judges will be looking for modern and innovative interpretations. Information here. Visit the Website here. Closing Date: Thursday 30th November 2017 at 12 noon

Credit Union Art Competition Theme: 'Set your imagination free ...' ENTRY DATE EXTENDED FOR 1 MORE WEEK

The competition requires entrants to draw or paint posters on the theme using pencil, charcoal, pen or ink, felt-tip markets, crayon, pastel, water colours, gouache, acrylics, oils, poster colour or collage. There are two categories – General and Special – with five age groups in each: 7 years and under, 8-10 years, 11-13 years, 14-17 years, 18 years and over (and a further Group section in the SPECIAL category).
The Special Category encouraged participants with a physical or intellectual disability to submit entries in free expression without the restriction of the competition's official theme, if they so wish.

The All-Island 'Decade of Centenaries' History competition 2018

The decade 2012-2022 is categorised as the ‘Decade of Centenaries' as it marks the centenary of a number of important historical events and developments that occurred in the period 1912-1922, and which formed a vital role in the formation of modern Ireland

As part of the ‘Decade of Centenaries' commemorations, schools and students at all levels of primary and post-primary schools across Ireland are invited, in the 2017-18 school year, to enter the fifth annual schools' history competition. The selected themes have a particular link to events of a century ago across the island of Ireland.


This year, at both primary and post-primary levels, projects are invited under the following general headings:

  • A local/regional studies theme from a century ago – a study of a particular historical event that affected your local or regional area in the 1912-1922 period.
  • Ireland and the First World War – a study of the Irish experience of the war from the perspective of an individual or group. This could involve a focus on a particular battle, an individual participant's story or a consideration of the entire 1914-1918 period.
  • Women's history in Ireland during the revolutionary period – a study of a particular individual/group/organisation/movement striving to improve the quality of women's lives or involved in revolutionary activity in Ireland in the 1912-1922 period
  • Revolution in Ireland – a study of a political/revolutionary event from the 1912-1922 period, a particular aspect of the event, or an individual/group/organisation associated with it.

The deadline for receipt of completed projects is 23 rd March 2018 with the winners being announced, and prizes awarded, before the end of May 2018.

Projects must be submitted online to the following email address: . Each project must include a cover sheet at the front and a bibliography listing the sources consulted.


Failte Pope Francis! School Competition

To celebrate Ireland hosting the World Meeting of Families next year, The Irish Catholic is asking children to write a letter of welcome to Pope Francis, accompanied by a drawing, to win one one of three fantastic prizes: 1st Prize: €1000 2nd Prize: €500 and 3rd Prize: €250
Each winner will also receive an icon of the Holy Family, hand-crafted by Christians in Bethlehem, for their school Christmas tree or Sacred Space. Website here

The competition is open to children aged 6 - 9 years old. Entries with child's name, age, class, school name and contact details before Friday 24th November 2017 to Failte Pope Francis Competition, The Irish Catholic, 23 Merrion Square, Dublin 2