Saturday, November 26, 2016

Speakeasy Toastmasters Schools Contest Result

Six schools participated in the Schools Contest on Thursday night last as follows: 
Nagle Rice Secondary School, Doneraile, represented by Burgit Göbl.  
St. Mary’s Secondary School, Charleville, represented by Grace Browne and Kate Kilcommins.  
St. Mary’s Secondary School, Mallow, represented by Eimear Aherne and Shauna Murphy.  
Patrician Academy, Mallow, represented by J.P. O’Leary and Oisin Carroll. 
Scoil Muhire, Kanturk, represented by Ella O’Rourke.     
Colaiste Treasa, Kanturk, represented by Kayla Wallace and Leah Corkery. 

We were treated to a wonderful  selection of speeches with a variety of topics and the standard was extremely high.    

Shauna Murphy of St. Mary’s Secondary School, Mallow, was the individual Winner and received the Cup sponsored by Mallow Credit Union which was presented by Tom Cronin.   

Kate Kilcommins of St. Mary’s Secondary School, Charleville, was second and Grace Browne, St. Mary’s Secondary School, Charleville was third.

St. Mary’s Secondary School, Charleville, was the overall School winner and were presented the Cup which was sponsored by the Hibernian Hotel, by Marie Fitzpatrick, President, Speakeasy Toastmasters.

Well done to all who participated and thanks to our sponsors Mallow Credit Union and the Hibernian Hotel.

Monday, November 21, 2016

Schools Public Speaking Contest

The annual Speakeasy Toastmasters Schools Contest in on this Thursday 24th November at 8 pm. In the Hibernian Hotel, Mallow.   Each year students from local Schools participate in the Contest.   This is a very important opportunity for students to acquire the skills that allow them to stand up before a group of people and present on a topic.   As their confidence in speaking grows so too does their ability to research a topic and understand the issue arising in the public speaking forum.   So why not come along on this Thursday night 24th November at 8 p.m. and support the students and hear what the future public speakers have to say.  A great night assured.

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

Sunday, November 06, 2016

November 3 Meeting

At our recent Meeting we had four informative and varied speeches.
Liam Flynn was Toastmaster this week.    Noel  O’Connor, Topicsmaster,  started  the proceedings with topics ranging from  If a Man’s best friend is a Dog what is a Woman’s best friend? And How long would you go without looking at your phone after it Bleeps?     

The first speech on the night was from Anne Buckley titled “Breakfast of Champions.”   Anne emphasised the necessity of eating Breakfast every day.   She outlined the benefits to one’s health and welfare by doing so.   Anne O’Donovan evaluated the speech.

Next up to the Lectern was Dermot Kennedy with a speech titled “Global Warming.”    Dermot stated that Global Warming is the single greatest environmental challenge to our planet.  He informed us that by one person using one energy efficient bulb it was equivalent to having 125,000 cars off the road.   He encouraged us to Reduce, Reuse and Recycle and also if you have the means to plant a tree.   Trees reduce carbon dioxide in the atmosphere which is the major source of global warming. So those of us who can will have to start digging.  Michael Cronin evaluated Dermot’s speech.

We had another Icebreaker Speech this week from Maria Connolly. Bridie O’Connell  evaluated  Maria’s Speech and welcomed her to the Club and congratulated her on a superb speech.

The final speaker on the night was Helsa who did an Interpretive reading from one of Roald Dahl’s  book called The Witches.   This was an entertaining and alarming speech.  Brendan Foley evaluated the speech.

Claire O’Connell was General Evaluator for the evening .   Marie Fitzpatrick , President congratulated Bobby Buckley  on winning the Over 19 Category at the Europe Direct  Soapbox Competition held recently in Mallow Library.  She also congratulated Pat Sexton and Sean Corcoran who competed in the Divisional Final of the Humorous and Table Topics Contest held in Limerick and did the Club proud.

Our next Meeting is on Thursday 17th November at 8 p.m. Sharp  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