2019 Competition update

Our thanks to all who entered and congratulations to the winners.

We would also like to thank the teachers for encouraging the students to enter and for fostering their interest in languages.

The following are the winners of the 2019 competition:

  • Irish:              Zoya Nic Eibhearáird  Coláiste Pobail Ráth Carin
  • Polish:           Julia Fryze    St.Finian’s College, Mullingar, Co Westmeath
  • French:        Gloria Okafor,  Ardscoil Na Tríonóide, Athy, Co Kildare.
  • Chinese:      Vickey He,    Maynooth Community College, Co. Kildare
  • German:      Niamh Krahn   Maynooth Education Campus
  • Italian:          Sophie Yeung   Colaiste Chiarain, Croom, Co. Limerick
  • Japanese:   Conn Murphy   St. Michaels College, Ailsebury Road, Dublin 4
  • Spanish:       Jack Hayes  Ballymahon Vocational School


A call for entries to the ITIA’s 2019 Translation competition for secondary school language students went out on 1st May. We are delighted to have received 55 entries. The language breakdown is as follows:

  • Chinese       1
  • French         7
  • German       16
  • Irish             18
  • Italian            2
  • Japanese      2
  • Polish           1
  • Spanish        8

The translations are being assessed by members of the Executive Committee and other members. We will have the results in September. Prize giving will follow – we will keep you posted. We would like to thank all the students and their teachers for taking the time and trouble to enter the competition and really hope you enjoyed translating the texts.





CPD Event: Financial Translation – A workshop with Tara Russell

ITIA CPD Event: Financial Translation

A workshop with Tara Russell

About the workshop

In this introduction to financial translation, we will examine real-life examples of financial texts ranging from auditing and accounting to company law and taxation. We will also discuss practical considerations such as client acquisition, scheduling and pricing. In groups, we will translate different types of financial texts from English, exploring the challenges these pose and the resources available to financial translators. There will be a Q&A session, and participants are also invited to submit their questions in advance of the event. The event will be held in English and is suitable for new or experienced translators translating into or out of English.

About the Tutor

Tara Russell has over 20 years’ experience in the field of professional translation. After graduating with a B.A. in Applied Languages in French and German from the University of Limerick, Tara spent many years in Germany, working initially at an LSP and later as an in-house translator at a ‘Big 4’ auditing firm. She returned to Dublin to complete an M.A. in Intercultural Studies from Dublin City University in 2008 and has since been working as an independent translation professional, primarily in the area of finance.
She is a state-examined sworn translator for German, a member of the BDÜ and a professional member of the ITIA.

Date, time:              25 May 2019, 11am to 4pm- light lunch (networking opportunity) supplied by ITIA

Venue:                      Irish Writers Centre, 19 Parnell Square, Dublin 1

Cost:                          €50.00 for ITIA members and members of other FIT associations

€70.00 for non-members



To book a place, please contact Rosemary at

2019 ITIA Translation Competition for Secondary School Students

The Irish Translators’ and Interpreters’ Association (ITIA) was set up in 1986 and is the only professional association in Ireland representing the interests of practising translators and interpreters.

Following the successful competition over the last three years, the ITIA is once again organising a translation competition for secondary school students in Ireland.

Students are asked to translate an excerpt from a novel or short story from one of the following languages into English: French, Chinese (Mandarin), German, Irish, Italian, Polish, Japanese or Spanish.

A prize of €100 will be awarded to the best translation for each language.

The deadline for receipt of translations is:

5 pm, Friday, 24 May 2019


Completed translations are to be sent as a PDF attachment only to:

  • Please include your name, the name of your school and your year at school when submitting your translation.
  • The texts for translation and details for submission are available on the ITIA website at:
  • While students are encouraged to do online research and to use dictionaries, the use of a machine translation system such as Google Translate to actually translate the text is not permitted.
  • Previous winners may only enter for a language combination for which they have not won a prize.
  • Please note: the competition is not open to the families of members of the Association.
  • Winners will be announced in September 2019 and a prize-giving ceremony will be held in Dublin.
  • Please address all queries to:

Texts for translation competition: