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GIRLS' PUBLIC SPEAKING COMPETITION 2019/20



OWING TO THE CORONA VIRUS THE FINAL WILL NOT TAKE PLACE ON 21st. MARCH AS SCHEDULED.

FUTURE DATE TO BE ADVISED.

IMAGES FROM REGIONAL HEATS 2020

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Soroptimist International ROI - Publin Speaking - Regional Heat winners 2019 / 2020

Three regional heats took place on Saturday 25 January:

Region 1:
SI Ballinasloe, Ballina, Castlebar and Ennis - New Library, Society St., Ballinasloe.
Winners going forward to National Final: both under auspices of SI Ballina:
Ella Durkin St. Attracta's School Tubbercurry Topic F  Education
Sophie Coleman St. Attracta's School Tubbercurry Topic E  Empowerment of Women

Region 2:
SI Drogheda, Dublin, Mullingar, Athlone - St. Peter's Church Hall, Drogheda.
Winners going forward to National Final:
Eve Conway Athlone Community College Topic B  Health (SI Athlone)
Regina White Loreto College Cavan Topic A  Human Rights (SI Drogheda)

Region 3: SI Limerick, Bandon, Cork and Killarney - The Greenhills Hotel, Limerick.

Winners going forward to National Final:
Orlaith Ni Uiginn Laurel Hill Colaiste, Limerick Topic F  Education (SI Limerick)
Caitlin Canavan O'Driscoll Mount St. Michael Roscarbery Topic C  Environment (SI Bandon)

Region 4:
SI Dungarvan, Bray, Wexford, North Kildare.
Saturday, 08 February@2.00 p.m., Lawlor's Hotel, Dungarvan.
Winners going forward to National Final:
Isobel Tiernan St. Angela's Secondary School, Waterford Topic E  Empowerment of Women
Ailbhe Harrington Colaiste Bhride, Enniscorthy Topic C  Environment



OWING TO THE CORONA VIRUS THE FINAL HAS BEEN POSTPONED. FUTURE DATE TO BE ADVISED.

TOPICS THIS YEAR ARE:

Human Rights

Where does equality start and end?

Health
"Good mental health is fundamental to thriving in life" #soroptimiststhinkonit Federation theme for SIGBI (Soroptimist International Great Britain & Ireland).

Environment
Is plastic killing our world?

Democracy
"Man's capacity for justice makes democracy possible, but man's inclination to injustice makes democracy necessary" Reinhold Neibuhr 1892-1971 (American theologian).

Empowerment of Women
"There is no limit to what we as women can accomplish". Michelle Obama.

Education
"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world". Nelson Mandela.

Friendship & Volunteering
Is your Facebook friend a real friend?


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


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 .


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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

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