“Send me to Ireland” Video Competition.



How to enter:

1. Read the competition guidelines here.

2. Get shooting your video.

3. Download an application form and follow the instructions here.


The Embassy of Ireland, South Korea, and The Irish Association of Korea are very proud to announce the launch of the 2014 Send me to Ireland Video Competition for university students in Korea.

It also allows contestants to compete for an opportunity to experience Ireland from an educational, cultural, and academic perspective.

The competition seeks to raise awareness about Ireland and the opportunities through Education and Travel that Ireland can offer Korean students.

Participants are invited to make a fun, creative 3 minute long video on the theme “Send me to Ireland”. The entrants are free to share their experiences, impressions and hopes within the context of the topic and are encouraged to film on location in Korea.

First prize will include one month of study in the Emerald Cultural Institute (www.eci.ie), including accommodation, return flights from Korea to Dublin, and spending money. Runners up will receive cash awards and cultural prizes.

주한 아일랜드 대사관(The Embassy of Ireland), 대한민국, 그리고 한국 아일랜드 협회(The Irish Association of Korea)는 한국 대학생을 위한 2014 “아일랜드에 보내줘” 동영상 공모전을 개최하게 되어 매우 기쁩니다.

이번 공모전은 아일랜드에 대해 알리고 한국 대학생들에게 아일랜드에서 영어 어학 연수 기회와 여행을 할 수 이는 기회를 제공하고자 개최 되었습니다.

공모전 참가자 분들은 교육적, 문화적, 학문적으로 아일랜드를 경험할 수 있는 기회에 도전 하실 수 있습니다.

참가자 분들은 “아일랜드에 보내줘” 라는 주제에 맡는 재미있고 창의적인 3분짜리 동영상을 만들어 주세요. 주제에 맡게 여러분의 경험, 인상, 바람 등을 자유롭게 영상에 담아 공유해 주세요. 또한 한국에서 동영상을 찍어 보내주시는 것을 적극 권장합니다.

1등에게는 숙박, 한국-더블린 왕복 항공권, 소액의 상금을 포함한 Emerald Cultural Institute (www.eci.ie) 어학원에서 한달 수업 기회가 주어집니다. 2등에게는 상금 및 문화 상품이 제공됩니다.




There’s no place like home.

The following is an account by Donal Ormsby, winner of the grand prize in our St. Patrick’s Day raffle.  He and his wife won return tickets to Ireland sponsored by Etihad Airways

I’m sure it doesn’t cross many people’s minds to spend their summer holidays’ lying at home with their parents and family, but for my wife Rosie and I, it was a holiday that we will never forget.

Ireland is where we call home and it always will be, but we had not stepped foot on the sacred soil for almost a year and to us it felt like a lifetime. We were so excited and could hardly contain ourselves as we landed at Dublin Airport to be greeted by our tearful relatives. A quick (fantastically Irish, lots of milk) cup of tea later and we were on the road back to our homes.
The next ten days were just amazing. We got to meet 3 new nieces that had been born in the year that we had been away. Brenna, Rosa and Elyse were as beautiful and funny as we had imagined. We got to spend time with our 2 very large families and all their children. We had a joint birthday party for my mum (65) and myself (30). We also had a party for Rosie’s sister Siobhan who is moving to Barcelona. It was a fun filled 10 days that went in far too quickly. We had left Ireland just 3 days after our wedding day, and, in fact, our wedding day was the last time we saw most of our family. It was an emotional journey home for everyone. Leaving again was very difficult.
We really loved our time at home. We would like to thank The Irish Association of Korea, Seoul Gaels and Etihad Airways for making our summer one of the most memorable we have had.
There is no place like home.



One month in Dublin by Choi In Gyeong.

The following is a piece written by Ms. Ingyeong Choi, winner of the Ireland Korea essay competition about her month in Ireland. We would like to take a chance to thank our sponsors, Etihad Airways, Emerald Cultural language Institute in Dublin and the Embassy of Ireland, Korea  and Listowel Writers’ Week for their continued support. 


Winning the Ireland Korea essay competition was one of the luckiest things that has happened to me this year. I spent one month in Dublin as the prize.

For the first two weeks, I had hard time getting used to the longer daytime of June in Ireland. It was bright from 5 a.m. till 10 p.m. I usually cannot wake up in the morning without an alarm, but the early sunshine opened my eyes automatically. Besides jetlag, that made me keep yawning during the English class in the Emerald Cultural institute, for some time.

My daily routine in Dublin was attending the Emerald Cultural Institute, a language school, which was part of the prize. What I was looking forward to was meet diverse people from around the world and I did. There were a lot of students who had different reasons to study English: a French surgeon, a Venezuelan official, English teacher from the Czech Republic and Italy, students from Japan, Uruguay, Brazil, Russia, and Spain. Could I imagine conversing with someone from Latin America, before leaving Korea? It was exciting to share ideas in English with people from different cultures and backgrounds.

I took two classes in the mornings, grammar and conversation. The teachers were experienced and gave out interesting topics to discuss. In the afternoon, I participated in an extra conversation class, where I freely talked in a smaller group.

During the classes I learned that I needed to learn more vocabulary and natural English expressions. One month study was not enough time to perfect my English, but the time left me eager to keep practicing English. Learning a language was never-ending, I thought.

On weekends, I went on trips outside Dublin, short excursions to Dun Laoghaire and the Wicklow Mountains. Also, I went on day tours to the Cliffs of Moher and the Giant’s Causeway. It was possible to travel from Dublin to the west coast or to the north end within a day. The prevailing scenes outside Dublin were so green. Indeed, I was in the Emerald isle.

The memorable scenes in the Dublin city were street artists and buskers. There was always music in the Grafton street and the Temple bar. The buskers are from a teenage boy to an old man. The music ranged from modern rock to harp melody. The street musicians made up a unique vibe in Dublin.

Also, pubs. There were pubs everywhere in Dublin. In the wooden interior, with nice music, drinks, and some good company, pubs are perfect places where you can feel alive.

I had heard a lot about Guinness before visiting Ireland, but I didn’t know Irish butter was so good. I found that Irish butter was superb. My host mother proudly said that it was because Irish butter was fresh.

It is difficult to generalize people of a country, but I had an impression that Irish people liked to dance. On a Saturday night, there was an old man singing and playing the guitar on the Temple bar. An Irish girl jumped in front of him and started to dance. She was quite a good dancer and people around started to sway to the music too. Once, on the Henry Street, I saw a pair of girls dancing to the street music in the middle of the day. Once, in a pub too. I guess good music brings some moves from people, but I witnessed it more often in Dublin.

I think I will always recall Dublin with its buskers. Ireland had many charms. The one month I spent there was stimulating. I felt one month was too short.

At the Emerald Cultural Institute with teacher Desmond


Landscapes of Ireland

Dun Laoghaire


The Cliffs of Moher


The Giant’s Causeway



On the way to Carrick-a-rede Rope Bridge in Northern Ireland



 Irish Food

Seafood chowder& bread and butter



Irish coffee has whisky and thick cream in it



Guinness beef pie & some chicken dish



Leprechaun on the Grafton street




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