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The 2010 National Final of the Girls' Public Speaking Competition was hosted by S.I. Tralee on March 6th., and the worthy winner was Leanne Quinn, St. Joseph's Secondary School, Rochfordbridge.

Leanne's topic was "Intellectual Curiosity - where would we be without it?".

Ten finalists qualified through Local and Regional competitions organised by Soroptimis Clubs all over the country. Well done to all involved.

For those who missed it, Leanne will deliver her talk once again at the Soroptimist Joint Conference in Athlone in May.

Last year's winner, Riosin Ní Gaophin from Colaiste Ide, An Daingean, spoke of the benefits of the competition and her experiences since her win in 2009.

Thank you to Tralee President Mary O'Sullivan and her Committee for their organisation of our own "Rose of Tralee".

Leanne Quinn, winner of the Girls Public Speaking Competition 2010 Republic of Ireland
Robyn Livingstone, winner of the Girls Public Speaking Competition 2010 Northern IrelandRobyn Livingstone, winner of the Girls Public Speaking Competition 2010 Northern Ireland.

The Soroptimist International National Girls Public Speaking Competition is in its 29th year and the well attended local heat was held in St. Josephs College, Summerhill on Tuesday 26th January.

Four second level schools were represented, three from the Athlone area, Athlone Community College, Our Lady’s Bower and St Joseph’s College, Summerhill along with Coláiste Naoimh Cormac from Kilcormac.
Eight girls presented topics as diverse as:-

Health is a relative term;
What goes around comes around;
Intellectual Curiosity, where would we be without it;
It ain’t what you do, it’s the way that you do it:
Carbon Footprints on the sands of time.

Darina Dolan, President of the Athlone Soroptimist Club praised the very high standard of public speaking and presentation skills on the night. She thanked the adjudicators, Mr. Micheál O’Faoláin, Mr. Michael Fallon and Ms. Patricia Feeney and also the loyal sponsors of the local competition Byrne, Carolan, Cunningham Solrs. Soroptimist International ROI National President, Patricia Braiden, also attended the competition.
Ms. Bronwyn Reid-McDermott, Athlone Community College and Ms. Fiona Coughlan, Coláiste Naoimh Cormac, Kilcormac, were chosen as the two representatives to go forward to the Regional Final of the competition in Mullingar on 6th February 2010. The Athlone Soroptimist Club wish Bronwyn and Fiona every success in Mullingar.