Laura bags Soroptimist victory

Tadhg Evans

It's now been running nearly 40 years, but the Soroptimist Public Speaking competition and its Kerry finals continue to capture the imaginations of senior-cycle secondary-school girls.

The Killarney Soroptimist Club hosted the finals at Killarney House and Gardens last Thursday and, in line with soroptimist goals, the competition's aim is to encourage girls to play a prominent role in public life.

Two students advanced to the regional finals in Limerick early next year.

Mercy Mounthawk's Laura Foley impressed with her contribution on the importance of mental health in thriving in life; while St Brigid's Killarney's Kath Rudden also advanced having spoken about how education can change the world.

President Teresa Irwin told The Kerryman that she was delighted with how the event went off, thanking the participating schools and its students, teachers, and parents.

She was also impressed by the venue, which hosted the event for the first time.

"It is wonderful to be able to host this event for the first time at Killarney House," she said. 

"I would like to thank Mr Pat Dawson and his team for providing this amazing venue.'