Soapbox Competition

Europe Direct Soapbox Competition 2016

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Have Your Say!

Take part in this year’s Europe Direct Soapbox Competition on the topic ‘The EU: United in Diversity’ and be in with a chance to win an iPad Mini 4. Regional finalists will then compete in the all-Ireland final in The National Concert Hall, Dublin for a first prize of €1,000 and a trip to Brussels in each category!

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 The National Concert Hall, Dublin on 8th November.

EDIC Regional Soapbox Date Venue
Ballinalsoe Friday, 30th September Ballinasloe Library
Blanchardstown Monday, 10th October Blanchardstown Library
Dundalk Thursday, 13th October Drogheda Library
Letterkenny Thursday, 13th October Letterkenny Libary
Mallow Thursday, 27th October Mallow Library
Mountmellick Tuesday, 18th October (ages 18 and under)&

Tuesday 25th October (age 19+)

Mountmellick, Library
Sligo Friday, 7th October City Hall, Sligo
Waterford Wednesday, 12th October Central Library, 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
Background:

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.


 

SoapBoxFinals_2015 Winner of the 18 and under category of the 2015 Soapbox Ciara McLoughlin with MEP Marian Harkin and CEO of the Local Government Management Agency Joseph Nugent. The National Final was held at Farmleigh, Dublin.

 

SoapBoxFinals_2015Winner of the 19 and over category of the 2015 Soapbox Pat Sexton with MEP Marian Harkin and CEO of the Local Government Management Agency Joseph Nugent. The National Final was held at Farmleigh, Dublin.