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Application forms are sent directly to schools by  the  local club convenor.

The National Convenor,  Anne O'Sullivan, will make the necessary contact with the local convenor on receipt of your  name and location.

Adjudicators' notes

Date Club Location Time

25 January SI Drogheda St Peter’s Church Hall, Drogheda. 2.00 p.m.
25 January SI Limerick Greenhills Hotel, Limerick. 2.00 p.m.
25 January SI Ballinasloe Gullane’s Hotel, Ballinasloe. 2.00 p.m.
08 February SI Dungarvan Lawlors Hotel, Dungarvan. 2.00 p.m.


Collage of local heats
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The Girls' Public Speaking Competition was established in 1981, jointly, by Soroptimist President Republic of Ireland, Mildred O’ Brien, and Soroptimist President, Northern Ireland, Marie Brownlee.

The aims of the competition are:i

  • To encourage girls to play a more prominent part in public life.
  • To improve the art of communication
  • To encourage girls to develop the skill to speak effectively and to articulate with clarity.
  • To develop self-confidence and personality.

Topics are based on the Programme Areas identified by Soroptimist International:

  • Economic Empowerment.
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  • Education.
  • Environmental Sustainability.
  • Food Security and Healthcare.
  • Violence and Conflict Resolution.

Participants should be second level students in 4th., 5th., or 6th. year .

Mildred O'Brien perpetual trophy

Mildred O'Brien Perpetual Trophy.

On 9th. February 2018 we celebrated our past winners of the Public Speaking Competition in the RDS, Dublin.

Entry form

Download entry form