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St Brigid's Day Essay Competition - Deadline 26 February 2021

The Embassy of Ireland in Kuala Lumpur, is excited to announce a St. Brigid's Day essay competition, that will run for the month of February 2021.

The competition is open to students aged 9 to 14 years old, who live in Malaysia. We invite you to write a short essay (maximum 500 words) on an inspiring woman in your life. This inspiring woman can be a family member, friend, or neighbour; a teacher; a famous female figure or even a fictional character, who represents an inspirational woman to you. Tell us about them, and why they inspire you, and how they motivate you to follow your dreams.

 The overall winner and the runner up will receive a selection of books (pictured below), authored by Irish women writers, and including books about inspirational Irish women.

It is intended that the winner and runner-up will be announced at a virtual Embassy event on International Women’s Day, Monday 8th March 2021.

 About St Brigid's Day

The first day of February has been celebrated in Ireland for many centuries as St Brigid's Day, or in the Irish language, Lá Fhéile Bríde. As the President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins stated in his 2021 Lá Fhéile Bríde message , St Brigid was a “woman who rejected the conventions of her time, who dedicated herself to innovation in the realm of education, and who, in seeking to ensure that her voice was heard in a male-dominated world, had to summon an extraordinary courage, transcend obstacles and not just survive, but put a new version of things in place”.  

Inspired by St Brigid's Day (which also heralds the beginning of Spring in Ireland), our Foreign Ministry in Dublin and our missions abroad now use the occasion to highlight the talent, creativity and contribution of the women who have both shaped Ireland and the world.

Deadline and important information

 Entries should be emailed to the Embassy of Ireland at  no later than 5 p.m. on Friday 26 February 2021.

 Entries must come from the e-mail account of the entrant’s parent or guardian.

 By entering the competition, the parent/guardian agrees to the terms and conditions noted further below.

 We are excited to see who inspires you!



Terms and Conditions

Entrants must be aged between 9 and 14.

 Entrants must be currently residing in Malaysia.

 In submitting the entry, parents/guardians should also include the child’s first name, surname, date of birth and state where they live.

 Only one entry per person will be accepted. No joint entries will be accepted.

 The entrant agrees that no payment will be made to them or their parent/ guardian.

 It is the responsibility of each entrant to ensure that their entry is submitted with parent/ guardian consent.

 The judges’ decision will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.

There will be no cash alternative. The competition prize is non-refundable and non-exchangeable.



The Embassy of Ireland Kuala Lumpur is committed to ensuring the security and protection of the personal information that we process, and to provide a compliant and consistent approach to data protection, and will only store contact information for the duration of the competition.


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