Saturday, February 27, 2010

And the beginning was in....

The Speakeasy Toastmasters Club has been in existence for seventeen years. The club emerged from trial toastmaster meetings held in Mallow in 1992, and was officially established, or chartered, in the following year. Over the years that time members of the Speakeasy Club have performed exceptionally at competition level and have held leadership roles in the Toastmaster organization. Speakeasy Toastmaster members have assisted in establishing other Toastmaster clubs, including the Failte Club in Charleville and the Galtees Club in Mitchlestown.
Toastmasters provides a world of experience, offering development of communication skills, leadership abilities and an added bonus: enjoyment and friendship. All this is waiting for you at the Hibernian Hotel, Mallow, first and third Thursday of the month. Our meetings are open for non-members to attend and you will not be asked to speak. Our next meeting is on March 4th, Hibernian Hotel, commencing at 8:00pm. More information about the club is available from our website, or from Ray at 086-3675706.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Hew we work

Expect to find the following at a typical Speakeasy Toastmaster meeting. One of the club members will chair the meeting, acting as “Toastmaster for the evening”. A different club member acts as Toastmaster for each meeting. Then the prepared speeches will be delivered. We have an average of four speeches each night.

All our speeches are based on manuals from Toastmasters International. The manuals comprise different projects which set criteria, such as organizing one’s speech, and so on. However, speeches can be on any subject once the manual objectives are adhered to.

After the tea break, we have a topics session. A club member, again a different person for each meeting, acts as Topicsmaster. The Topicsmaster asks other club members to speak on an unexpected topic for up to two minutes. Needless to say, non-members will not be asked to speak in the topics session, but are welcome to contribute. Following the topics session, the evaluation session takes place.

A club member will act as General Evaluator, making observations on how the meeting was organized. The prepared speeches will be evaluated by other club members, who will comment on the features on the speech, and make recommendations on how the speaker can improve. Recommendations are given in a friendly and constructive manner. Finally, all contributions are timed by a Timekeeper.

See the above in reality at our next meeting which will be held at the Hibernian Hotel, Mallow, February 18th, at 8:00pm. We meet on the first and third Thursday of each month. Further details on the club are available from our website,

"Speak Easy" plus "Nice and Easy"

Speakeasy Toastmasters had a notable joint meeting with members of the Nice ‘n Easy Club , based at the COPE foundation, Quartertown, on February 4th. The Nice ‘n Easy Club was set up by Toastmaster member Jerry Muclahy and members of the Nice ‘n Easy Club have delivered speeches at Speakeasy Toastmasters for many years.

Gerry Mullane, Manager of COPE Mallow, made a presentation to Speakeasy Toastmasters in recognition of the cooperation between both organizations.

Participating at the meeting were Nice ‘n Easy members Michael Broderick and Patricia Coleman who delivered speeches, while Helen Buckley was the Toastmaster for the evening. Speakeasy participants were Pat Duggan, Mary Moynihan and Joe Hassett who delivered speeches. Jerry Mulcahy was Topicsmaster,

Anne Buckley was General Evaluator while Mary Buckley was Timekeeper. The evaluators for the speakers were Noel O’ Connor, Tony O’ Regan, Marie Fitzpatrick, Sean Corcoran and Cait Murray.

Our next meeting will be held at the Hibernian Hotel on Thursday February 18th at 8:00pm. Non-members are welcome to attend and will not be asked to speak. Further details on the club are available from our website

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Speak Easy Toastmaseters and Schoil Mhuire, Kanturk

Speakeasy Toastmasters held another successful meeting on Thursday 18th February. Declan Curtis was the Toastmaster for the meeting and chaired the proceedings in a very capable and affable manner. Other officers for the meeting included Pat Duggan Timekeeper and Anne Buckley Grammarian.

In attendance were students from Scoil Mhuire, Kanturk, three of whom delivered speeches. Sinead Butler spoke on the futility and waste caused by war, Danielle Linehan spoke on the Haiti Earthquake and Sharon Buckley spoke about the experience of being a substitute member of a football team. Sinead’s speech was evaluated by Ray Ryan jnr, Danielle’s speech was evaluated by Michael Cronin and Sharon’s speech was evaluated by Tony O’ Regan.

The remaining speeches were delivered by club members Mary McCarthy who spoke on the adverse effects of procrastination on our lives and Jean Sayers who described the environmental and financial benefits arising from domestic composting. Mary’s speech was evaluated by Bridie O’ Connell while Jean’s speech was evaluated by Jerry Mulcahy.

The Topicsmaster for the night was Marie Fitzpatrick who asked club members to comment on a selection of famous quotations. The General Evaluation session was conducted by Pat Sexton. The meeting concluded with an address by Brian O’ Farrell, Area 17 Governor. Brian is a long-standing member of Fermoy Toastmasters. As Area Governor he is the link between the local clubs and the higher levels of the Toastmaster organization.

Our next meeting will be held on March 4th at our traditional venue and time; the Hibernian Hotel, Mallow 8:00pm. More details about the club can be found on our website,, which features a club blog and photo gallery, or contact Ray at 086-3675706.