Europe Direct National Soapbox Competition

It is not often you get a chance to have your say nowadays living in a ‘Nanny Republic’ as we do.  However Europe Direct Ireland are inviting you to enter a national soapbox competition and by doing so, win some fantastic prizes!

To highlight the importance the European Union places on ‘Climate Change’ they are holding a soapbox competition on “Wind energy – the future or a blot on the landscape?

You will have a chance to share your views and to win some fantastic prizes. Regional finalists will win an iPad, a trip to Brussels and will be entered for the National Final with a prize of €1,000.  Soapbox events will be held in 7 regional locations followed by a national final in Farmleigh, Dublin on 19th November 2010.

Your 3 minute speech will be less impromptu – you will get to research it and prepare it in advance. The topic is wind energy, so like it or loathe it, agree or disagree, wind farms generate a lot of controversy, as well as potential energy.

They want to hear your views! You will deliver your speech at your local Europe Direct Centre, at an event in November in front of a local audience and a panel of judges who will include someone with an expertise on the subject – so do your research!

Your local Europe Direct Information Centre is at the Source Library, Cathedral St., Thurles, Co. Tipperary. They are holding their regional final on Friday 12th November at 7 p.m. and this event will be chaired by Alan Kelly M.E.P.

There will be also be runner-up 2nd and 3rd prizes of €150 and €100 respectively to be won.

To help get your thinking cap on, they will be holding information sessions with the Tipperary Energy Agency in Nenagh Library (19th October, 12.30 p.m.), Thurles Library (19th October, 6.30 p.m.) and Clonmel Library (28th October, 6.30 p.m.).

They will also be paying a visit to a working wind farm, at Ballinveny near Templemore, on Friday 22nd October at 2.30 p.m.. This free trip is open to all but booking is necessary. Why not call Thurles Library on 0504 29720 to book your place now.

You can pick up an entry form in any of the public libraries in Tipperary or enter online at


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