Sherkin Island Marine Station


(Artwork: Li Qin Hourihan,
Scoil Eoin, Tahilla, Sneem, Co. Kerry.)


Matt's Letter





Entry Form

Pdf of Competition Brochure



Competition Organisers:
Sherkin Island Marine Station
Sherkin Island
Co. Cork

Tel: +353 28 20187
Fax: +353 28 20407

Competition Sponsors



City Print
Carrigrohane Road,


Cork City Council
City Hall, Cork


Cork County Council
County Hall, Cork


Department of Environment, Community
& Local Government


Evening Echo Newspaper


Inland Fisheries Ireland


Janssen Pharmaceutical Ltd
Little Island, Cork.


zer Pharmaceuticals Production Corporation, Ringaskiddy, Co. Cork.


Sherkin Comment


"Focus on the Environment"


Environmental Competition
for Primary School Children
in Munster 2016




Matt's Letter

Sherkin Island Marine Station is delighted to bring you this competition, which is now in its nineteenth year. It gives an opportunity to focus on your environment and to let us know what is important to you. We are continually amazed by the entries – the wonderful works of art and the great detail put into projects – and we would love if you could once again take time to send us your ideas on your favourite place or animal, or how you would protect our environment.

Some of you may have ideas on how to protect the environment and make our world a safer and more pleasant place to live. All the waste we produce – packaging, broken items and things we no longer want or need – must be disposed of properly. Unfortunately some of it is carelessly thrown away and ends up on roadsides and elsewhere. Some also finds its way on to our beaches, whether left behind by visitors or swept in from the sea, having being thrown overboard from boats. It is not only unsightly but also affects wildlife. We want to encourage you to think about your surroundings and present your thoughts and ideas to us. We are particularly impressed by entries that include your own thoughts, ideas and drawings.

A big “thank you” to our sponsors for staying with the competition for all these years and for helping us to provide over 400 prizes. These prizes have been chosen to help you continue your study of nature and the environment, to build up your knowledge and to explore even more.

We hope that you enjoy working on the entries as much as we enjoy receiving them.

Matt Murphy
Sherkin Island Marine Station

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1) Class or School


2) An Individual Child

a) Junior & Senior Infants
b) 1st & 2nd Class
c) 3rd & 4th Class
d) 5th & 6th Class


1) Class or School:

Entries in this category are asked for a poster or project
on the theme:

"Our Favourite Place/Animal"


"Protecting Our Environment"

2) Individual Children:

Individual children in ALL classes are asked for a picture or project on the theme:

"My Favourite Place/Animal"


"Protecting Our Environment"

(Children with special needs are encouraged to enter.
Please indicate their special needs on the entry form.)

Entries do not have to be a specific size but please take into consideration that projects must be posted to Sherkin Island and must not be too large. Sherkin Island Marine Station cannot take responsibility for loss or damage to any work submitted.

If more than one individual is involved with a picture or project, this entry cannot be included in the “Individual Child” category and will be judged in the “Class or School” category. Entries are limited to one per child but a number of classes from one school may enter. Please ensure that the project category, name, age and school address are clearly marked and securely attached to the back of each project. We will endeavour, but cannot guarantee, to return winning entries. Due to logistics, all other entries will not be returned.

This competition is only open to
primary school children in Munster.

Entries to be sent to: Environmental Competition,
Sherkin Island Marine Station, Sherkin Island, Co. Cork.

Closing Date: 5th July 2013

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  • Make your own folder from recycled materials.
  • Use staples instead of plastic folders.
  • Drawings or photographs help bring a written project to life.


  • An animal or plant you love.
  • A Blue Flag beach near you.
  • A river and its surroundings.
  • A garden you have planted.
  • Things you recycle.
  • What you don’t like about pollution.
  • A study you carried out.
  • Types of waste we produce everyday.
  • Tell us what is good and bad about YOUR environment....

We like:

  • Your own ideas.
  • Your own work.
  • Your own words.
  • Your own drawings.
  • Originality.

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Class/School projects:

12 prizes - each including:
Natural History Books: A collection for the school library
Five books: "An A to Z of Geology"
Three books: "A Beginner's Guide to Ireland's Wild Flowers"
Three books: "A Beginner's Guide to Ireland's Seashore"

8 prizes: DVD set: The David Attenborough Collection and one book: “Wildlife of the World”

20 Consolation Prizes: 5 sets of seven colouring & guide booklets: Birds, Wild Flowers, Sea Life, Fossils, Butterflies & Moths, Nature Diary & Creepy Crawlies.

ths, Creepy Crawlies, Nature Diary & Safety Sam

Individual Children's Projects:ual children's projects

12 prizes of: One book - “The Complete Naturalist”

12 prizes of: One book - “Ocean”

24 prizes of: One book - “Ireland’s Hidden Depths”
& One poster book “Garden & Coastal Birds”

12 prizes of: One book - “Young Gardener”

76 prizes of: One book - “Ireland’s Hidden Depths”

76 prizes of: Two books - “Look What Feet Can Do”
& “A Beginner’s Guide to Ireland’s Wild Flowers”

76 prizes of: One book - “Look What Tails Can Do”
& One DVD “On the Water’s Edge”

76 prizes of: One ”North The Greatest Animal Journey on Earth” & Three Colouring Books
(Birds, Fossils & Sea Life)


The winners will be notified, through their school in early October 2016 and the prizes will be sent directly to the winning schools shortly afterwards. The decision of the judges will be final. No cash alternatives for prizes. Some entries may be published in Sherkin Comment or used for environmental displays or posters. Results will also be posted on our website.


Entries to be sent to:

Environmental Competition,

Sherkin Island Marine Station,

Sherkin Island, Co. Cork.

Closing date: 5th July 2016


Please attach an entry form
to the back of each entry.


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© Sherkin Island Marine Station 2016