Monday, December 10, 2018

Deirdre receives Mayoral Award.

Speakeasy member, Deirdre Linehan received an Award at the Cork County Council Mayoral Reception which took place last week in the Cork County Hall.

Hosted by the Mayor of Cork County Council,Cllr. Patrick Gerard Murphy, the Mayoral Reception honours the remarkable achievers in Cork over the past year. Deirdre's award was in recognition of her achievement in winning the District 71 Final of the International Speech Contest and competing in the World Championship Public Speaking Finals in Chicago. Mallow featured prominently in the Ceremony with local golfer, James Sugrue, winning an award for his sporting prowess. The Mallow Lifesaving Team of 1968 received recognition of the 50th anniversary of winning the All Ireland and Water Safety President's Trophy.Speakeasy Toastmasters congratulates Deirdre and all the Mallow recipients on their achievements
Deirdre Linehan with Cllr Patrick Gerard Murphy & Nicola Radley
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Speakeasy will hold it's final meeting of the year in the Hibernian Hotel, Mallow on Thursday,13th December at 8.00PM. Even though the festive season is fast approaching, the meeting will be business as usual with an impressive array of speakers and evaluators. The skills of good communication aren't "just for Christmas" but are extremely useful all year round. Unlike other personal development courses or conventional night classes, it is never too late to start in the calendar year. Toastmasters is self-paced - the member decides the time to speak. With a New Year approaching, now it an appropriate opportunity to check out meaningful activity to add to the list of resolutions.

Guests are always welcome to come along to Speakeasy meetings to observe what happens. There are two guarantees - a good night's entertainment is assured and guests are never coerced into speaking unless they wish to do so. So, why not pay us a visit on Thursday night. For more information about Toastmasters please check out our websitespeakeasytoastmasters.com or on Facebook.


Monday, December 03, 2018

Schools Public Speaking Contest

Grace grabs victory in Schools Public Speaking Competition.

Grace O'Brien won the Best Speaker Award at last week's Speakeasy Schools Public Speaking Competition.
Grace O' Brien with Speakeasy Club President Sean Corcoran

Representing Scoil Mhuire Kanturk, Grace delivered a powerful presentation on the dangers of sugar - "Alcohol to a child". This is the second year in succession that the Hibernian Hotel Best Speaker Perpetual Cup travels to Scoil Mhuire, following on from the success of Darragh Healy-Fitzgerald in 2017.

In Second Place was Sharon Campbell of Nagle Rice College, Doneraile with touching and emotional speech on -'Teenagers' Mental Health". Finishing a very creditable Third was Liam McSherry of Scoil Phobail Sliabh Luachre Rathmore with an entertaining polemic - "The advertising industry is defining society".

In total, Contestants from seven schools presented speeches on a broad range of subjects - from the legalising of soft drugs and video violence to Donald Trump's ingenuity and ballet dancing. Participating schools included Scoil Mhuire and Colaiste Treasa, Kanturk, Davis College, Patrician Academy and St. Mary's Mallow, Nagle Rice College,Doneraile and Scoil Phobail Sliabh Luachre Rathmore.In addition to the Individual Speaker Awards, the Best School Award was wondering by Nagle Rice College Doneraile represented by Conrad Werner and Sharon Campbell.
Nagle Rice Secondary School Doneraile, receiving the best overall school prize from Pat O' Mahony, Mallow Credit Union.


Speaking on behalf of the Competition Sponsors, Mallow Credit Union, Gerry O'Callaghan lauded the tremendous efforts of all participants, referring to them as "Winners".He spoke of how 
Mallow Credit Union was delighted to be a long term sponsor of this competition with it's focus on personal development and youth.

Speakeasy Toastmasters will host it's final meeting of the year in the Hibernian Hotel, Mallow on Thursday,13th December at 8.00PM. In keeping with the festivities of the season, it will be a meeting that will mix mulled wine and speeches. As always, guests are welcome to come along and witness what happens at a Speakeasy meeting. Indeed, with a New Year beckoning, why not avail of the opportunity to check out a very worthwhile activity to meet one's New Year's resolutions. Speakeasy Toastmasters enables it's members to master the skills of good communication through meetings that are both educational and entertaining. We look forward to seeing you on the 13th December.