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GIRLS' PUBLIC SPEAKING COMPETITION 2011/12spacer

At the conclusion of the Girls Public Speaking Competition, 2011-12, we are delighted to congratulate Rachel Reigel as the overall winner for the Republic of Ireland. 

As winner, she will receive a necklace, she will have the Mildred O’Brien perpetual trophy for one year, and her school will get a bursary of €500, which will be presented in Fermoy this week by National President Barbara Harrison.

Rachel, together with the winner from Northern Ireland, will deliver her speech  at the North/South Conference in Wexford in May and again at the SIGBI Conference in Belfast, in May

Looking forward to next year’s competition, speech topics are under consideration at the present time, all information will be distributed to interested schools in the early autumn, preparatory to local and regional competitions being held and looking forward to the next National Final, to be held in Cork in Spring 2013.

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Rachel Reigel and Eva Richards, winners North and South of the 2011/12 Public Speaking Competition
Winner 2011
Mildred O'Brien presenting the trophy to Anna Brennan, winner 2011, with Rosalie Byrne-Muir, National President 2010/11.

Winners 2010
Leanne Quinn, winner Republic of Ireland 2010 & Robyn Livingstone, winner Northern Ireland 2010.

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PAST WINNERS AT THE 30TH. NATIONAL FINAL OF THE GIRLS' PUBLIC SPEAKING COMPETITION HELD IN CLONMEL
(Irish Examiner Monday 29th. March 2012)

When it comes to word power, a school in Co Cork is really a force to be reckoned with.

Pupils at Loreto Secondary School in Fermoy have made great strides when it comes to public speaking.

And the school’s success continued when one of its pupils, Rachel Riegel, was presented with the Soroptimist Ireland national public speaking award.

The 16-year-old received her award from Soroptimist Ireland president Barbara Harrison, who also presented a €500 bursary to the school.

Rachel defeated hundreds of other young contestants at the final which was held in Clonmel, Co Tipperary.

The chosen topic was: ‘Education is the soul of society’.

Sarah O’Leary, her teacher and coach, said the transition-year student was a fantastic speaker.

"She’s very bubbly and very confident, she’s a beautiful speaker," Ms O’Leary said.

It was the first Soroptimist Ireland national title for the school.

Last January another pupil, Hannah Beresford acquitted herself admirably when she competed in the world debating championships which were held in Cape Town, South Africa.

"Pupils at the school are very involved in Fheis Maitiu and speech and drama.

"We also have excellent debating teams," Ms O’Leary said. "