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Public Speaking Finalists 2013 - 14.

The winner of the National Final of the Public Speaking Competition 2014 is Eimear Dooley from the Rathdown Secondary School, Glenageary. Co. Dublin who spoke on the topic “Friendship & Volunteering” “Words hurt more than anything else because they last – sometimes forever”.

Eimear represented SI Bray. Co. Wicklow. Mrs. Mildred O’Brien who founded the Public Speaking Competition and who  sadly passed away at the end of last year, was a member of SI Bray.

It is a nice coincidence that the “Mildred O’Brien Perpetual Trophy” will be residing in its spiritual home for the next 12 months.

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Regional Public Speaking Competitions:
Region 1 Dungarvan Winners:

Evangeline Ni Dhubhda Colaiste Ide, An Daingean SI Tralee & District
Increase Akinyemi Presentation Secondary School SI Tralee & District


Region 2 Ennis Winners:
Amy Crean, Mount St. Michael Sec. School, Clarermorris, Co. Mayo    SI Castlebar
Eimhear Lynch, St. Anne's Community College, Killaloe, Co. Clare. SI Ennis & District

Region 3 Bray Winners:
Eimear Dooley, Rathdown School, SI Bray & District.
Cria Dowling, Newbridge College, SI Naas Newbridge District.        

Region 4 Mullingar Winners:
Irene McDonnell, St Oliver's Community College, SI Drogheda.     
Ayedele Arogundade, St. Joseph of Cluny, Killiney, SI Dublin   

Public Speaking Final:
8th. March 2014 at 2.00 p.m. Hosts SI Clonmel, Ursuline Secondary School, Thurles.

SPEECH TOPICS, 2013 – 2014

1. Human Rights: If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor (Rev. Desmond Tutu)

2. Health: A world of extremes, from starvation to obesity! The problem of feeding everyone!

3. Education: A job for life is long gone.  Education is a lifelong process.

4. Democracy
: How seriously does the first world take responsibility for its effect on the third world?

5. Empowering Women: You educate a man, you educate a man.  You educate a woman, you educate a generation. (Brigham Young)

6. Friendship and Volunteering: Words hurt more than anything else, because they last, sometimes for ever

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Regional Finalists 2013 - 2014

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.

Winners 2013/14 Public Speaking Competition
Eimear Dooley from the National Association ROI  & Alana Hughes from the Northern Ireland Region, winners of the 2013/14 competition.
Ciara Maguire, winner
Ciara Maguire, Winner 2012/13, from the Ursuline Secondary School, Thurles.
2012 Winners
Rachel Reigel and Eva Richards, winners North and South of the 2011/12 Public Speaking Competition
Anna Brennan, winner 2011
Anna Brennan, 2010/11 winner of the Girls' Public Speaking Competition.
Mildred O'Brien perpetual trophy
Mildred O'Brien Perpetual Trophy.