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GIRLS' PUBLIC SPEAKING COMPETITION 2017/18spacer



Public Speaking Topics
We Welcome Edco as a Sponsor of our competition


Martina Harford, CEO of The Educational Company of Ireland (Edco) who made a presentation to the meeting of the National Association Members on Saturday 25th. November 2017.


Download Competition documents

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

The National Convenor,  Moya Murphy, will make the necessary contact with the local convenor on receipt of your  name and location.

E-mail Moya Murphy

The National Final will be held in the Newman Institute in Ballina, Co. Mayo
at 2.00 p.m. on Saturday, 10th March.

Regional Heats will be held on the following dates:

Date Time Venue Hosted by
Saturday, 13th January 2018 2.00 p.m Bloomfield House Hotel in Mullingar S.I. Mullingar
Saturday, 13th. January 2018 2.00 p.m The Sligo Park Hotel S.I. Sligo
Saturday, 20th January 2018 2.00 p.m Esplanade Hotel, Bray S.I. Bray
Saturday, 27th January 2018 2.00 p.m Newman Institute in Ballina S.I. Ballina
Saturday, 3rd February 2018 2.00 p.m Gleneagle Hotel, Killarney S.I. Killarney

Local Heats:

Girls Who Have Qualified for the Regional Heats:
S.I. Athlone:   Rachel Lyons, Mercy Secondary School, Ballymahon
Danielle Madden, Athlone Community College
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  Reserve Rebecca Armstrong, Our Lady’s Bower, Athlone  
S.I. Ballinasloe:   Maeve Gilmore, Colaiste Mhuire, Ballygar, Co. Galway
Deirdre Leydon, Scoil Mhuire, Ballinasloe
 
  Reserve Nessa Hanlon, Raphael’s College, Roscrea, Co. Galway  
S.I. Bray :   Sophie O’ Riordan, St. Gerard’s School, Bray
Niamh O’ Toole, Colaiste Chill Mhantain, Burkeen, Co. Wicklow
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  Reserve: Line Kyne, Rathdown Secondary School, Glenageary.  
S.I. Ballina:   Grace Gallagher, Jesus and Mary Secondary School, Enniscrone
Laura Campion, St. Mary’s Secondary School, Ballina
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  Reserve: Lucy Hamilton, Jesus and Mary Secondary School, Enniscrone  
S.I. Bandon:   Lucy Gilmartin, Colaiste ne Toirbhirte, Bandon
Sarah Wynroe, St. Mary’s Secondary School, Macroom.
 
  Reserve: Kate Quinlan, Sacred Heart Secondary School, Clonakilty, Co Cork.
S.I. Castlebar:   Molly Mc Hugh, St. Joseph’s Secondary School, Castlebar
Kai Coyle, Sacred Heart School, Westport
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  Reserve: Rebecca Walsh, Sacred Heart School, Westport
S.I. Clonmel:   Kerry Tierney, Ursuline Secondary School, Thurles
Halannah White, Comeragh College, Carrick – on -  Suir
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  Reserve: Anika Haschemian, Rockwell College  
S.I. Cork:   Theresa Benny, St. Mary’s Secondary School, Charleville , Co Cork
Patty Mac Guire, St. Angela’s College, Cork City
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  Reserve: Emma Coffey, St. Angela’s College, Cork City.
S.I. Drogheda:   Cynthia Bello, St Oliver’s Community College
Medbh Brearton, Colaiste na hInse.
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  Reserve: Aisling Gallagher, Our Lady’s College, Greenhills
S.I. Ennis:   Katie Coll, Colaiste Muire, Ennis
Charlotte Parrott, St. Michael’s Community College, Kilmihil.
 
  Reserve: Katie Mc Dermott, Colaiste Muire, Ennis.
S.I. Mullingar:   Niamh O’ Reilly, Loreto College
Fionnula Maher, Loreto College
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  Reserve: Niamh Cusack, Loreto College, Mullingar.
S.I. North Kildare:   Aoife Kavanagh, Newbridge College
Emily Moore, Holy Family Community School,  Rathcoole.
 
  Reserve: Eve Quinn, Holy Family Secondary School, Newbridge.
S.I. Killarney:   Erin Dee, ISK Secondary School, Killorglin
Eimear Beazley, Presentation Secondary School, Killarney
  Reserve: Niamh Mc Mahon, Mercy Secondary School, Mounthawk, Tralee
S.I. Wexford:   Roisin O Sullivan
Krishna Ramsh, Loreto, Wexford
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  Reserve: Lisa Tobin, Ramsgrange Community School  
North Kildare local heat winners

; Roma Coonan (President, Soroptimist International North Kildare) with Jade Mc Cormack and Emily Moore, Holy family Community School, Rathcoole and their teacher Colette Phillips.

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Mildred O'Brien perpetual trophy

Mildred O'Brien Perpetual Trophy.

Entry form

Download entry form

Presentation to winner of  2017 Public Speaking Competition

Kate Gaughan, St Josephs Secondary School, Foxford
, winner of the Public Speaking Competition 2017/18 in Castlebar, representing SI Ballina Club. Congratulations Kate. Seen here with National President, Maria Finnegan and adjudicators Teresa Irwin, National VP, Killarney, Mrs Fionnuala O'Kelly Kenny and Dr Sean Roland.

Kate Gaughan, winner of 2017 Public Speaking Competition

Kate with her proud parents.

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

Participants should be in 4th., 5th., or 6th. year in Secondary school.