Applications now open for Europe Direct public speaking competition

Do you have a strong opinion on youth issues, education opportunities, employment, travel, global warming, sustainability, gender equality, or animal welfare?

Whatever the topic, it might be a fit for this year’s EU Direct Letterkenny Soapbox Competition which is now open for entries.

The theme of this year’s public speaking competition is: Is Europe listening to its young people?


The Soapbox public speaking competition is now in its 11th year.

This year’s competition will be held online and all pre-recorded speeches will be assessed by a panel of independent judges and equal marks awarded for content, delivery, structure and overall impact.

Fiona Truelove, Senior Library Assistant, Central Library, Letterkenny says that the event provides a great platform for hobbyist public speakers, those seeking to improve their confidence or those with a passion for a particular topic.

Contestants can compete in one of two categories: 1) 16 and under; 2) 17 and over. A regional winner from each category will be selected to go forward to the national final in December.

If you would like to take part in Soapbox 2022 please email for an application form.

Once you have sent in your form you are advised to record your three-minute video on a smartphone, iPad or on your desktop computer and upload it to the following share file

Entries for this year’s Soapbox competition close on Friday 18th November.


All video entries will be shown on the EUROPE DIRECT Facebook page and the winners will be announced later in November.

There are great prizes on offer for the winners.


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