Pres Castleisland Student in Action Talks National Finals

Fiona Brosnan has been chosen as a finalists in this year’s Action Talks competition. Photograph: Katie O’Reilly.

Fiona Brosnan, a student at Presentation Secondary School, Castleisland, has this week been chosen as a finalist in ActionTalks.

This is a national speech writing competition run by ActionAid and open to all students aged 14 to 17 year’s old.

The competition is taking place entirely online this year and the topics focus on the pandemic.

Tralee Student Also in Finals

Another Kerry student, Labhraidh Costello, a student at Mercy Secondary School Mounthawk, Tralee, has also been chosen as one of the eight finalists in the competition.

A Challenge in Choosing

“We had a challenge on our hands choosing the finalists this year,” said Siobhán McGee, CEO of ActionAid Ireland.

“As well as the high volume of entries, we could see that students from across the country worked hard on the speeches, including researching how the pandemic had affected people in other countries.

Struck By Strong Analysis

“We were really struck by the strong analysis students did on their own situations and it was interesting to hear how the pandemic has impacted on young people.

“With that said, we’re looking forward to hearing the speeches live in the Zoom final at the end of February,” said Ms. McGee.

Supporting Marginalised Women 

ActionAid is committed to providing long term support to the most marginalised women and their children in some of the poorest communities across the world, so they can live a life free of violence and discrimination.

ActionAid’s innovative women’s rights programme and this competition is funded by Irish Aid, at the Department of Foreign Affairs.

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