Grace wins Speakeasy title - Nagle Rice is top school
Representing Scoil Mhuire, Kanturk, Grace O'Brien delivered a powerful presentation on the dangers of sugar - 'Alcohol to a child'.
This is the second year in succession that the Hibernian Hotel Best Speaker Perpetual Cup travels to Scoil Mhuire, following on from the success of Darragh Healy-Fitzgerald in 2017.
In Second Place was Sharon Campbell of Nagle Rice College, Doneraile with a touching and emotional speech on 'Teenagers' Mental Health'. Finishing a very creditable Third was Liam McSherry of Scoil Phobail Sliabh Luachra, Rathmore with an entertaining polemic on 'The advertising industry is defining society'.
In total, contestants from seven schools presented speeches on a broad range of subjects, from the legalising of soft drugs and video violence to Donald Trump's ingenuity and ballet dancing. Participating schools included Scoil Mhuire and Colaiste Treasa, Kanturk, Davis College, Patrician Academy and St. Mary's Secondary School Mallow, Nagle Rice College,Doneraile and Scoil Phobail Sliabh Luachra, Rathmore.
In addition to the individual speaker awards, the Best School Award was won by Nagle Rice College, Doneraile represented by Conrad Werner and Sharon Campbell.
Speaking on behalf of the competition sponsors, Mallow Credit Union, Gerry O'Callaghan lauded the tremendous efforts of all participants, referring to them as 'winners'. He spoke of how Mallow Credit Union was delighted to be a long term sponsor of this competition with its focus on personal development and youth.
Meanwhile, Speakeasy Toastmasters will host its final meeting of the year in the Hibernian Hotel on Thursday, December 13 at 8pm. In keeping with the festivities of the season, it will be a meeting that will mix mulled wine and speeches.
As always, guests are welcome to come along and witness what happens at a Speakeasy meeting.
Indeed, with a New Year beckoning, why not avail of the opportunity to check out a very worthwhile activity to meet one's New Year's resolutions.
Speakeasy Toastmasters enables its members to master the skills of good communication through meetings that are both educational and entertaining.