Niamh proves she has the gift of the gab in public-speaking competition

Mercy Mounthawk student Niamh McMahon, who finished as runner up in the HSBC Ireland-sponsored Soroptimist Girls’ Public-speaking competition
Mercy Mounthawk student Niamh McMahon, who finished as runner up in the HSBC Ireland-sponsored Soroptimist Girls’ Public-speaking competition

Fergus Dennehy

She may have just missed out on first place, but Mercy Mounthawk student Niamh McMahon student can still hold her head high after a brilliant showing at a national public-speaking competition last week.

The Tralee student was amongst over 300 students from 180 different secondary schools who  travelled to the K Club in Straffan, County Kildare last Sunday. 

To reach the final of the HSBC Ireland-sponsored Soroptimist Girls' Public Speaking Competition, Niamh had successfully progressed from a number of increasingly difficult local and regional heats. After a hugely impressive performance in the final, it proved not to be for Niamh, however, just losing out to Waterford student and overall winner Holly Rogan.

"The energy, enthusiasm and talent shown by the finalists today is a testament to the impressive candidates we saw throughout all stages of the competition," said Moya Murphy, National Convenor, Soroptimist International Ireland.

"We would like to thank the participants for their dedication and effort, and we hope that the experience will give them the confidence to achieve their potential and realise their aspirations in the future," she added.

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