Sligo man wins se­nior prize at Soapbox fi­nals

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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.

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