Terenure student through to final of ActionAid competition

by Rachel Darcy

A Secondary school student from Terenure has been selected as one of ten finalists out of 150 entries in a speechwriting competition.

Connie Heather from Our Lady’s School Terenure stood out from more than 150 entries to reach the final of the national ActionAid Speechwriting Competition.

Now in it fifth year, the speechwriting competition is open to almost 50 schools across the country for students aged 14 to 17. This year, the competition received its highest number of entries, to date.

Connie is one of ten finalists selected to deliver a speech at the final of the contest in Dublin’s Royal Irish Academy on March 20.

ActionAid created the speechwriting competition as a platform for young people to offer their contribution to achieving gender equality.

The finalists will have the task of delivering their speech based on one of three topics relating to women’s rights to a panel of esteemed judges.

The quality of entries was very high and choosing the top ten finalists proved to be a very difficult decision.

Siobhan McGee, the chief executive of ActionAid Ireland, said: “The competition is an exciting way for young people to voice their opinion on issues that matter to them. Each year we have been greatly impressed by the quality of speeches we receive, and this year was no exception.

“It is clear that an awful lot of time and effort has gone into each speech, and it was very difficult to choose our finalists. We’re looking forward to hearing Connie’s speech at the final.”

The two winning students will travel with their teachers to Greece this summer, where they will have the unique opportunity to see ActionAid’s work first-hand.

In Greece, ActionAid’s work focuses on economic empowerment of women refugees and migrants.

ActionAid provides long-term support to the poorest and most marginalised women and children in developing countries, so they can overcome the obstacles holding them back.

Their Women’s Rights programme, funded by Irish Aid, works to eliminate violence against women and girls by engaging with young girls, women and men.

Related Articles