Speakeasy Toastmasters has a great history of successful Theme nights. This year was Poetry Themed. There was a lovely warm and casual atmosphere at the meeting. All the chairs were in a circle which lended itself to a less formal setting than normal. President Marie Lynes explained the lay out of the meeting. A few topics from Topicsmaster Tony O’Regan, then a few minutes of a poem either , someone had written themselves or a poem that meant something meaningful. A quick break for tea more poems and then a General Evaluation to round the evening off.
Toastmaster Liam Flynn’s love of poetry really shone through as he had a lot to contend with, the most ever speakers on one given evening. He started by telling us that poetry was emotion written down on page brought to life when someone voiced it with passion. He even finished the night with a reading really getting into the spirit of the evening.
Topicsmaster Tony O’Regan never disappoints when it comes to originality. He gave a few lines from a poem and asked the person receiving the topic to react to said quotes. Not an easy task but wonderful for a fun challenge.
28 people read or even said off by heart poetry, ranging in time from 1 minute to 7 minutes. Irish poems, funny poems, leaving cert poems, personnel story’s, thoughtful quotations and even poems given to people by family members. Each and everyone was excellent and received the utmost attention when speaking. Each orator’s contribution was warmly applauded.
Mary Buckley did a wonderful job as General Evaluator. Summing up the meeting with poise and elegance, finishing by reading a poem she’d only wrote that evening.
A date for the diary, International Speech and Evaluation Competition March 31st. The next meeting is on the 3rd of March. Do come along for a great nights entertainment. Guests more than welcome and won’t be asked to speak. 8p.m. sharp Hibernian Hotel. For more information go to www.speakeasytoastmasters.com or follow us on facebook or twitter, or contact E.V.P. Brendan Foley 087 7938641 or Marie Lynes 087 9746947.