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Girls Public Speaking Competition Final 2016 took place on Saturday, 5th March 2016, in the Mansion House, Dublin.

The winner was Sarah Armstrong from Castlebar.

Public Speaking winners at N/S Conference Mullingar, 2016.
Public Speaking winners at N/S Conference Mullingar, 2016.
Public Speaking winners at N/S Conference Mullingar, 2016.
Public Speaking winners Caoimhe Quinn (NI) and Sarah Armstrong (ROI) receiving gifts from President Alice (NI) and President Sarah (ROI) at the North / South Conference in Mullingar, May 2016.
Caoimhe Quinn (N.I) speaking at the North / South Conference.
N.I. Regional President Alice with Public Speaking sinners Caoimhe Quinn from N.I. and Sarah Armstrong ROI.


Bandon Region.
Lucy O’ Hagen, Ursuline Secondary School, Thurles, Co. Tipperary
Topic No 2: Health & Environment
SI Clonmel

Grainne Deasy, Mount St. Michael Secondary School, Rosscarbery, Co. Cork
Topic No. 2: Health & Environment
SI Bandon

Kimberley Khan, Colaiste na Toirbhirte, Bandon, Co Cork
Topic No. 2: Health & Environment
SI Bandon

Dungarvan Region
Georgia-Mai Murphy, Presentation Secondary School, Wexford
Topic No. 5: Empowering Women
SI Wexford

Mulky Sharif, Colaiste Chiarain, Leixlip
Topic No 3: Education
SI North Kildare

Heather Dignam, Newbridge College, Newbridge, Co Kildare
Topic No. 5: Empowering Women
Club: SI North Kildare

Alice Forbes, Sacred Heart School, Westport, Co. Mayo
Topic: Human Rights
SI Castlebar

Sarah Armstrong, Scoil Muire agus Padraig, Swinford, Co. Mayo
Topic: Human Rights
SI Castlebar

Mary O’ Connor, St. Camin’s Community School, Shannon. Co. Clare
Topic:Human Rights
SI Ennis

Drogheda Region
Manny Choudhry, Loretto School, Balbriggan
Topic 2: Health and Environment
SI Dublin

Emily Farrell, Mercy Secondary School, Ballymahon
Topic No. 2: Health and Environment
SI Athlone

Emer Tyrell, Mercy Secondary School, Ballymahon
Topic No. 1: Human Rights
SI Athlone

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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.

Mildred O'Brien perpetual trophy

Mildred O'Brien Perpetual Trophy.

Jordyn Tereu New Zealand
An inspiring address by Jordyn Tereu, of Rotorua Girls' High School, New Zealand, in honour of Anzac Day..

Winner Public Speaking Competition 2015/16President Sarah presenting the Perpetual Trophy to the winner 2016 Sarah Armstrong from Castlebar, with Moya Murphy, National Convener, Public Speaking.

Public speaking competition 2015
Presentation of Perpetual Trophy to Rebecca ross, 2015 winner, by President Margaret.
Finalists Public Speaking competition 2015
All eight competitors taking part in the final before the competition.
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.

Facebook iconThe 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

twitter linkTopics 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.