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Competition documents for download and printing: Adjudicators' notes >>

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

National Final

Host Club




SI North Kildare Sunday 10th. March
2.00 pm
The K Club, Straffan, Co. Kildare Kitty Manzor
Regional Heats
SI Athlone Saturday 19th. January
2.00 pm
The Shamrock Lodge Hotel, Athlone. Peggy Garvey
SI Ennis Sunday 20th. January
2.00 pm
The Old Ground Hotel, Ennis. Helen Hanrahan
SI Clonmel Saturday 26th. January
2.00 pm
The Clonmel Park Hotel, Clonmel Ann Condon
SI Wexford Sunday 3rd. February
2.00 pm
Riverbank Hotel, Wexford. Michele Winters

Local Heats

SI Dublin Saturday 10th. November
12.00 pm
The Mansion House, Dublin. Margaret Murray
SI Limerick Monday 19th. November
5.00 pm
Laurel Hill Colaiste, Limerick. Claire Rainsford
SI Ballinasloe Thursday 15th. November
5.00 pm
Gullane's Hotel, Main St., Ballinasloe. Kathleen Croffy
SI North Kildare Friday 16th. November
2.30 pm
Clane Parish Centre. Kitty Manzor
SI Ennis Saturday 17th. November
2.00 pm
The Old Ground Hotel, Ennis. Helen Hanrahan
SI Clonmel Saturday 17th. November
1.00 pm
The Clonmel Park Hotel, Clonmel. Ann Condon
SI Castlebar Saturday 17th. November
1.30 pm
The Tennis Club, Castlebar. Anne Clancy
SI Drogheda Saturday 17th. November
2.00 pm
St. Oliver's Community School, Drogheda. Annette Redmond
SI Cork Saturday 17th. November
10.00 am
School of the Divine Child, Ballintemple,
Co. Cork.
Barbara O'Connell
SI Bray Monday 19th. November
6.00 pm
The Esplanade Hotel, Strand Road, Bray. Pat McHugh
SI Athlone Tuesday 20th. November
7.30 pm
Colaiste Chiarain, Summerhill, Athlone. Peggy Garvey
SI Mullingar Wednesday 21st November
7.00 pm
Bloomfield House Hotel, Mullingar Mary Kerrigan
SI Killarney Wednesday 21st November
10.30 pm
The Business Centre, Gleneagle Hotel, Killarney. Emer Moynihan
SI Bandon Saturday 24th. November
12.00 pm
The Gateway Theresa McCarthy
SI Sligo Sunday 25th. November
1.30 pm
Sligo Park Hotel, Pearse Road, Sligo Monica Barry
SI Wexford Thursday 29th. November
7.00 pm
The Riverbank Hotel, Wexford Michele Winters
SI Ballina Thursday 29th. November
The Newman Institute, Ballina Yvette McGowan
SI Dungarvan

Thursday 20th. November
2.00 pm
Lawlor's Hotel, Dungarvan Anne Higgins

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

Participants should be second level students in 4th., 5th., or 6th. year .

Mildred O'Brien perpetual trophy

Mildred O'Brien Perpetual Trophy.

Participants in the Public Speaking Local Heats being held throughout November.

Winner of Public Speaking Competition 2017/8
Emily Moore, North Kildare.

Winner of Public Speaking Competition 2018

Hilary Lally, Marian Harkin MEP, Ballina President Marie Morris, National President Teresa Irwin, Dara Calleary T.D., Winner, Emily Moore N. KIldare, Moya Murphy, National Convenor and Darina Dolan, Vice President.

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

Entry form

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