Sligo man wins senior prize at Soapbox finals
SLIGO’S Kieran Timmons took the top senior prize at the 2017 National Soapbox final at Royal Kilmainham Hospital in Dublin on Tuesday, November 7 th.
Sligo two category finalists, Ms Genevieve Cox (under 19 category from Sligo Grammar School) and Mr Kieran Timmons (over 29 category) went up against the best the country had to offer with some exceptional performances particularly in the under 19 category.
Eight entrants battled it out in both categories and whilst Genevieve performed exceptionally well she fell just short of the top two positions of runner-up and winner, with Mr. Timmons winning his category.
The theme for the debate final remained the same as the regional one - ‘Brexit – Irelands Opportunity’ and as such both competitors had time to further polish their speech in the hope of gaining the national 2017 Soapbox title in their respective categories.
Minister of State Mr Sean Kyne awarded the prizes and commended all who took part with the high level of public speaking on display.
Mr Timmons received his national category prize receiving €1,000 and a weekend trip to Brussels to see the EU Parliament buildings courtesy of MEP Mairead McGuinness.
Kieran Timmons and Genevieve Cox.
Kieran Timmons presented with his prize.