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The Final of the 2015 Public Speaking Competition (35th) took place on Saturday 7th March in Bray.

We were made very welcome by President Patricia McHugh and the club members with lunch for early arrivals, and afternoon tea for all, while the adjudicators made their final decisions.

Congratulations to all eight students who presented very varied and interesting speeches, on a number of set topics.

They captured the attention of the adjudicators and audience throughout the afternoon. The impromptu was “weather” with many ideas expressed very fluently by the confident girls.

Once again the Soroptimist aim “educate, empower, enable, women & girls” was the theme of the day.


The winner of the Special Public Speaking Competition was Ciara Maguire. Read Ciara's


North / South Conference 2015
Speakers at the North / South Conference 2015

The delegates at the Joint Conference in Belfast enjoyed wonderful speakers, including the winners from the Public Speaking Competition.

The inspiration that we enjoy from our joint experience sets us up to work even harder to support women and girls to achieve their potential.

L-r back: Jim Gamble, speaker on child protection, Billy Dixon, motivational speaker.

L-r front: International President Ann Garvie; Mary clare Deane, CEO Grand Opera House Belfast; Hanna Martin, Public Speaking winner Northern Region; President Karen Elliott; Rebecca Ross, Public Speaking winner ROI; SIGBI Federation President Jenny Vince; National Association President Margaret Geraghty.


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To contact your local club please send a message, with your location, to  Convener Barbara Harrison.

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Mission: Soroptimists inspire action and create opportunities to transform the lives of women and girls through a global network of members and international partnerships.


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:

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

Topics specified for the competitors’ talks are based on the programme areas of Soroptimism:  education, environment, economic and social development, health, human rights and the status of women and international goodwill and understanding.

The competition is open to all girls in the Senior Cycle of 2nd Level Education.

The on-going success of this annual competition depends on the commitment of the National Organisation and individual clubs throughout the country, and, of course, support from local schools, teachers, speakers and fellow students.


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Competitors, Special Public Speaking Competition
Candidates taking part in the Special Public Speaking Competition: Rachel Riegel, Leanne Quinn and Ciara Maguire with President Margaret.
Public speaking Wexford
President Alma Hynes with Hannah Egan, SI North Kildare & Maria Cullen, SI Wexford, winners of Region 3 Final.
Candidates Special Public Speaking Competition
Rachel Riegel, winner 2011/12; Ciara Maguire, winner 2012/13; Leanne Quinn, winner 2009/2010.
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Mildred O'Brien perpetual trophy


Mildred O'Brien Perpetual Trophy.