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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.

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.
Winners 2010
Leanne Quinn, winner Republic of Ireland & Robyn Livingstone, winner Northern Ireland 2009/10.