Marie Lynes the President opened the meeting, welcoming all in attendance. She swiftly handed control of the meeting to Toastmaster for the evening Claire O’Connell. Jerry O’Callaghan was Timekeeper. Ray Ryan was in his element as Topicsmaster giving us a wide range of topics.
There was five speakers on the program. Mary Moynihan gave us a very entertaining fact finding report on her cleverly titled speech “Saddled Up”.Being a big advocate of cycling, bikes now out sell cars and its no wonder with the many health benefits.
“English Past, Present and Future” was the title of the next speech by Don McSweeney. He told us of the origins of old English, about how language is used today and even a few thoughts on what the future might bring with Chinese and Indian being the most spoken languages at the moment.
Dermot Kennedy’s “The Truth about Sugar” was a power point presentation, he made great use of imagery but stayed focused on the audience. He gave us may examples of products with hidden sugar, which was a real eye opener.
Bobby Buckley also did a speech about “The Lore of Sugar” but in a very different way, his own story of bondage to sugar because the trouble is it tastes too good .He won the battle now being slim on the outside as well as the inside.
Last but not least we had a guest speaker, from Carrigaline Toastmasters, Philip O’Byrne. “Was it Fate or Was it Chance” as a youngster The Barrow river felt like the Mississippi, offering him adventure. A beautifully told tale, that would mirror anything Huckleberry Finn got up to.
Marie Lynes was General Evaluator, she awarded best Topic to Deirdre Linehan, for her contribution on Spring. Bobby Buckley got the icing on the cake as he won best speech. Pat Sexton took the award for best evaluator. All in all a very high standard of speeches and evaluations.Well done to all who took part in another successful meeting. We will be meeting again on a Wednesday instead of Thursday 16th of March in the Hibernian Hotel.