In 1997, the Irish Austrian Society organised the first nationwide annual German Language Essay Competition.
The intent of the competition was to engage with schools, students and teachers across the country and offer students an incentive to learn the german language and win attractive prizes.
The Irish Austrian Society believe this annual essay competition is a significant contribution to Ireland’s education system and hope to continue the programme for many years to come.
Main prizes from the start until 2019 was a german language scholarship inclusive of travel, accommodation and german language study in Salzburg for 2 weeks.
Since 2007, the Dr. Otto Glaser Trophy and the St. Feargal perpetual trophies are awarded.
Since 2014, we are awarding the Dubky's environment trophy.
Since 2016, the Catriona Dowling trophy is also awarded to one of the teachers.
In 2020, the scholarship prize was replaced with Apple iPads.
Essays are expected to be approximately 200 – 250 words, in length and are judged by university lectures nominated by the Austrian Embassy in Dublin. Essays are judged entirely on their written content.
The names of the winners are traditionally announced at a reception hosted by the Austrian Ambassdor. All students receive a certificate of competency.