The ActionAid Speech Writing Competition 2018 National Final was held in the Royal Irish Academy in Dublin on 21st of March.
Nine Finalists delivered their speech on one of three topics related to women’s rights and/or the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals in front of an esteemed panel of judges.
The Judging panel – made up by Hans Zomer (Head of Communications to the President of Ireland), Winifred Ikhine Akinyemi (Irish Aid), Rodney Rice (former RTE Broadcaster and ActionAid Chair) and Moira Leydon (Association of Secondary Teachers of Ireland) – had the difficult task of selecting two winners. The speeches were judged on delivery, writing skills, and understanding of the topics.
While the judges deliberated the audience enjoyed traditional Irish music performed by Aine Scott and Kim Poole from St Vincent’s Secondary School.
On the day it was Sadbh Boylan and Juliette O’Donnell who were announced as winners.
The two winning students will travel to Brussels in June, accompanied by their teachers and ActionAid staff. There they will meet with members of the European Parliament and organisations who work in the areas of women’s rights, youth and development.
The visit will give them a taste of advocating for a more equal world at the EU level as well as inspire them to advocate for change in their own communities in Ireland.
You can watch all the Finalist speeches on our YouTube channel by clicking here.
Juliette O’Donnell (left) and Sadbh Boylan (right) winners of Speech Writing Competition 2018
Congratulations to the Finalists
The Finalist students were Juliette O’Donnell (St Enda’s College, Galway); Holly Leech (Wesley College, Dublin); Hannah Hillers (Sandford Park School, Dublin); Larissa McCarthy (Abbeyfeale College, Co Limerick); Maeve Galvin (Seamount College, Galway); Sadbh Boylan (St Vincent’s Secondary School, Dundalk); Ciara O’Brien (Laurel Hill Colaiste, Limerick); Tia Bramble (Jesus and Mary College, Dublin); and Michael Fitzgerald (St. Joseph’s Secondary School, Tulla) (pictured left-right).
Entry for the Speech Writing Competition 2019 will open in September
Speech Length: 10 minutes approximately or between 850 and 1,000 words.
To register your interest for ActionAid Speech Writing Competition 2019 email@example.com to receive an information pack in September 2018.
(Pictured above, 2016 winners and their teachers meeting officials in Malawi.)
Juliette O’Donnell delivering speech at the Final
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