Soapbox Competition

Europe Direct Soapbox Competition 2017


 Entry is open to all and contestants can compete in one of two categories:

1) 18 and under

2) 19 and over

Each contestant must present a three-minute speech for or against the topic at a regional final before a public audience and a panel of judges.

A winner from each category will be selected on the day. Both will qualify for the grand final in Royal Kilmainham Hospitall, Dublin on 7th November.

EDIC Regional Soapbox Date Venue
Ballinalsoe Friday, 29th September Ballinasloe Library
Blanchardstown Wednesday, 18th October Blanchardstown Library
Dundalk Thursday, 19th October Drogheda Library
Letterkenny Thursday, 26th October Letterkenny Libary
Mallow  Thursday, 12th October Mallow Library
Mountmellick  Wednesday, 18th October (19&over) & Wednesday, 25th October (18&under) Mountmellick, Library
Sligo Wednesday, 25th October Sligo Central Library
Waterford  Tuesday, 17th October City Hall, Waterford City
Please contact your local Europe Direct Centre for full details of an event near you!

You can download an application form here, but please note you will need to check the submission process and deadline for entry with your local Europe Direct Centre

The term soapbox originates in the use of an empty crate as a platform by speakers to give speeches, often impromptu, to passers-by from around the turn of the last century. The most famous location for soapbox oratory is Speakers Corner in Hyde Park, London, which has been a setting for public speaking since the 1870s.

Regional prizes and the overall prizes of €1,000 are sponsored by the European Commission Representation in Ireland.