Have your say with Europe Direct Soapbox

Speakers’ Corner comes to Ireland this month with a series of soapbox events taking place in 9 Europe Direct centres.

Speakers’ Corner comes to Ireland this month with a series of soapbox events taking place in 9 Europe Direct centres.

If you’ve ever fancied getting on your own soapbox, now is the time. Do you think “youth is wasted on the young”? Tell us why and win!

To highlight 2012 as the European Year of Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations, Europe Direct Ireland is holding a soapbox competition on the saying “Youth is wasted on the young”.

By simply sharing your views, you will have the chance to win the regional prize of an iPad and a trip to the European Parliament in Brussels. The regional winner then goes onto the national final, in Farmleigh House on November 20, which has a prize of €1,000.

Usually speaking from your soapbox is an impromptu action, this event is less so. You will get to research and prepare your 3-minute speech, which you will then deliver before an audience and panel of judges.

Your local soapbox event will take place on Thursday 1st November 2012 in the Source Library, Thurles, Co. Tipperary. This event will be chaired by Ireland South MEP, Ms Phil Prendergast.

To be in with a chance to win, get an application form online at www.europedirect.ie or contact Europe Direct Information Centre at Thurles Library on 0504 29720 or eudirect@tipperarylibraries.ie.

The competition is open to second level students and adults; applications must be received no later than 48 hours before the event.