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News article11 March 2021Directorate-General for Communication1 min read

Ireland's best young translator announced

Alba Doherty-Madrigal from Maynooth Post Primary School is the Irish winner of this year's Juvenes Translatores (Young Translators) contest for secondary schools.

Alba Doherty-Madrigal from Maynooth Post Primary School with her classmates

Alba won for her Spanish to English translation on the theme of ‘Navigating in challenging times – together we are stronger'. Commenting on her win, Alba said:

I am so glad I was able to take part in this competition as I have undoubtedly learned more about translating and about these languages. I believe learning languages is a crucial skill as they can bridge cultural and communicative gaps.

The Juvenes Translatores contest is an annual event organised by the European Commission that aims to promote language learning in schools and give young people a taste of what it's like to be a translator.

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Staff translators at the Commission selected the 27 winners (one per EU country) from among the almost  2,800 participants across Europe. In addition, 248 students received special mentions for outstanding translations.

The best young translator from each EU country will be invited to an online award ceremony on Friday 2 July 2021. The winners and their teachers will also be able to meet a professional translator from the European Commission, to find out more about translation and languages.

The Commission's Directorate-General for Translation has been organising the Juvenes Translatores (Latin for ‘young translators') contest every year since 2007. Over the years, the contest has become a life-changing experience for many of the participants and winners. Some have decided to study translation at university, and some have gone on to join the Commission as a trainee or even full-time translator.



Publication date
11 March 2021
Directorate-General for Communication