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Dungarvan Public Speaking 2016


Public Speaking Competition 2015 / 16

Regional Finals Public Speaking Competition Saturday 27th February 2016 at Lawlor's Hotel Dungarvan.

Public Speaking Competition 2015 / 16

Three students each from Ard Scoil na nDeise, Dungarvan and Scoil Phobail Deaglain Naofa, Kilmacthomas took part in the local round of the Soroptimist International Public Speaking Competition.

As usual, the subjects were very varied and interesting and inspired the girls to research and present very good speeches. The Co-ordinator of the competition, Mrs. Ann Higgins introduced the contestants and the two adjudicators, Aileen Hogan, Drama and Elocution Teacher and Tara McAndrew, former HR Business Partner.

Speaking for Ard Scoil were Lynn Baldinger, a visiting German student, Kajsa Gron from Finland and local girl, Lauren Organ. The students who represented Deaglan Naofa were Chloe Raher, Genny Guiry and Evelyn Keane.

SI Dungarvan's Bridal Fair in Lawlors Hotel Dungarvan on 23rd March 2014.

Great appreciation for Sorptimist Bridal Fair

The inaugural Bridal Fair organised by the Dungarvan Branch of Soroptimist International proved a major hit with both the public and participants alike. There was an extensive range of wedding wear and services on show during the day and a steady stream of people, including several brides to be came to see what was on offer that would enhance their special day.

Reflecting on the success of the day, Soroptimist President, Mrs. Carmel Keith paid tribute to the enthusiasm of all of the exhibitors who had come together to make a very comprehensive exhibition.

“Every aspect of the wedding day was well catered for,” she said, “and our members were very effective in planning and promoting the event. We styled this our inaugural event and I have no doubt that the Soroptimists will be back with another Fair next year, perhaps earlier in the season. In the meantime we will analyse the results and find ways of improving even further on what was a very successful event.”

The proceeds of the day have gone to their funds which support worthy local worthy causes throughout the year.

High Standard at Soroptimist Girls Public Speaking 2012/13

Soroptimist International, Dungarvan held their annual Girls Public Speaking Competition last week and while the entry was somewhat lower this year because of the pre-Christmas timetable, the standard of speeches was maintained at its usually high level.

Six girls took part and chose their material from a variety of topics including “Human Rights for all”; “Global Peace and International Goodwill”; “Integrity and democratic decision making”; “Advancing Women’s Potential” and Volunteering, Diversity and Friendship”. Welcoming everyone, the Co-ordinator, of the competition, Mrs. Anne Higgins said that traditionally there was a very high standard of speeches in all levels of the Competition, with girls from the Dungarvan District advancing to Regional and National Finals.

“Over the years,” she continued, “there have been some exceptional speakers, girls who were naturally good, but there was hardly a girl who did not gain from the experience, or take away valuable lessons from their appearances.” The girls taking part were: Catherine Bowen, Ciara Gildea, Chloe Keane, Lauren Mulvihil, Aoife Murphy and Kayleigh Veale, all from Ard Scoil na nDeise.

Having gone through the six minute presentation followed by a two minute impromptu speech, the adjudicators retired to consider their verdicts. Ms. Clodagh Dunne, speaking for the Adjudicators praised the high level of the girls presentations and said that while they still had some fine tuning to do, each of them had the skills to advance further in the competition. However, with just two places on offer, the Adjudicators chose Chloe Keane and Ciara Dunlea to advance to the Regional Final.
Soroptimist President, Mrs. Carmel Keith also praised the high standard of speeches and presented each of the girls with their certificates and the winners prizes to Chloe and Ciara. Mrs. Gemma Meehan presented the Ciara Meehan Award for Research to Aoife Murphy.

The Regional Final will take place when schools resume after Christmas.

Public Speaking 2014 & 2013

Lawlors Lunch helps Soroptimists Fundraising

Earlier this year, Lawlors Hotel teamed up very successfully with the Dungarvan Soroptimists to assist in their fundraising campaign.

Back in January 2013, the town centre hotel, renowned for its good food and pleasant surroundings, undertook to make a donation to the Soroptimist funds for every €10 which was spent in their extensive carvery at lunchtime.

So, this week and next, Dungarvan Soroptimists will be the beneficiaries of the donation which Lawlors will make from the lunch visit of the public, with the proceeds going towards the good works of this local organisation. President of SI Dungarvan, Carmel Keith says that the members of their organisation are very pleased to be part of this promotion again and the money raised will go towards their ongoing programme of work.

“Through the generosity of the people of Dungarvan and District this year,” she says, “our organisation is able to make substantial donations to the various charitable appeals for Christmas, and we are at present in the process of distributing our funds to these recipients. “This generous gesture from Lawlors is helping to top up our funds,” she says,
“and I would appeal to ‘the people who lunch’ to consider this over the next ten days or so. We will be very grateful for whatever donation accrues at the end of that time and see that it is put to best use in our programme.”