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We Welcome Edco as a Sponsor of our competition

Martina Harford, CEO of the Educational Company of Ireland

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.
Participants in Regional Competition Mullingar
First of the Regional Competitions in Mullingar, yesterday. Very high standards and the two girls to go forward to Ballina will be Fionnula Maher from Westmeath and Medhbh Brereton-Hurley, from Drogheda.

Winners of Bray Regional competition
Winnersof the Bray Regional Competition Emily Moore , Holy Faith Community School. Rathcoole and Charlie Byrne, Abbey Community College, Waterford. Reserve - Niamh O' Toole , Colaiste Chill Mhantain, Burkeen, Co. Wicklow with Anny Verwijs-Dees, President SI Bray.

Winners of the Ballina Regional Competition are Laura Campion, St Mary's Secondary School, Ballina (representing SI Ballina). Charlotte Parrott, St Michael's Community School, Kilmihil, Co. Clare (representing SI Ennis).
Reserve - Grace Gallagher, Jesus and Mary Secondary School, Enniscrone, Co Sligo (representing SI Ballina).

Regional winners Killarney
The winners of S.I. Killarney Regional Public Speaking Competition 2018 were Erin Dee, ISK Killorglin Topic C; Kerry Tierney, Ursuline Secondary School Thurles Topic E; Pattie Maguire St Angela's College Cork (Reserve) Topic B

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. Dublin:   Ceri Doyle, St. Mary's Secondary School, Glasnevin, Topic F
Yvonne O'Kiersey, Notre Dame School, Churchtown, Topic C
  Reserve: Erin Keenan, Loretto Balbriggan, Topic B
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. Sligo  

Siofra Kelleher, Ursuline College Sligo, Finiskiln Rd., Sligo. 
Cadhla Doyle,St Clare's Comprehensive School, Manorhamilton, Co. Leitrim.

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  Reserve: Alva Sheridan St Clare's Comprehensive School, Manorhamilton, Co. Leitrim.
S.I. Wexford:   Roisin O Sullivan
Krishna Ramsh, Loreto, Wexford
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  Reserve: Lisa Tobin, Ramsgrange Community School  

Mildred O'Brien perpetual trophy

Mildred O'Brien Perpetual Trophy.

Entry form

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

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.

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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.