Monday, November 21, 2016

November meeting


This week’s Meeting had a full programme and a large attendance enjoyed the night.  Anne O’Donovan was Toastmaster for the evening.  Jason Fitzgerald was Topicsmaster and it was his first time doing this role.   He kept us on our toes with “What was the best invention in the last 100 years?” And “Brexit and Trump – is it going to affect us?”  

Bobby Buckley was the first of the five Speakers with a Speech titled “My Aldestrop Moment.”   He  spoke how his outlook on life changed from a very highly focused view to a more open and philosophical approach inspired by looking at a picture of his nineteen year old self.   Bobby’s speech was illustrated by quotations from several poets.  Ray Ryan evaluated the speech.   

Don McSweeney gave a very informative Speech about Robots.     He outlined the concept of a Robot and artificial intelligence.   General Motors was the first company to use a Robot in the car industry as far back  as 1950.  And nowadays Robots can perform surgical operations.    IBM are currently investing millions to create artificial intelligence in Robots.    Dermot Kennedy evaluated Don’s Speech.    

Bridie O’Connell was next up with a Speech titled “An Exciting Life.”  She recalled the life of Mgt Skinnider who was a Scottish teacher in Ireland who joined Cumann mBan .   She was involved in the Easter Rising  in 1916.   Michael Cronin evaluated Bridie’s Speech.   We had another Icebreaker speech this week from Verna Byrne.     Mary Moynihan evaluated Verna’s speech and welcomed her to the Club and congratulated her on a superb speech.   

Philip O’Brien from the Bandon Toastmasters Club joined us for this meeting and he gave a very powerful speech titled “Homeless in Cork City.”   He had very startling facts to relate – homelessness spreads from teenagers to 70 years of age.  There are three emergency shelters in Cork City -  Simon,  Vincent de Paul  and Edel House.   These shelters are fully occupied every night and there is still people sleeping rough due to lack of accommodation.   Liam Flynn evaluated Philip’s speech. 

Marie Fitzpatrick, President congratulated Deirdre Linehan on her recent outstanding  performance  with the Q. Productions in “It’s the Real McCoy.”
The Annual Schools Contest is on next Thursday 24th November in the Hibernian Hotel – a night not to be missed.   An opportunity to see the future toastmasters in action.    So be sure to join us.
Our next Meeting is on Thursday 1st December  at 8 p.m. in the Hibernian Hotel, Mallow.   All are welcome.   Guests are never asked to speak.
Further information on Speakeasy Toastmasters can be had by visiting our website at or contacting Marie Fitzpatrick, President (086)8548389 or Helsa Giles, E.V.P. (086)0762015

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