Monday 21 October 2019

No better place for 'Literary Speaking' than Speakeasy

Speakeasy Toastmasters Club will hold 'a theme night' on Thursday, May 2 in the Hibernian Hotel commencing at 8pm.

'Literary Speaking' will be a night where the magic of the written word will be brought to life through the interpretive readings by various members. Well known Irish writers will have their words lifted from the pages of books and given meaning.

Extracts from writers like Maeve Binchy, Myles NaGopoleen and Joseph O'Connor will feature. Bobby Buckley will present "Beuwolf". Also scheduled is Sean Corcoran's rendition of "The Letter", based on the writings of John B Keane.

Former member, the late John Dillon will be remembered by Anne Buckley's interpretation of one of his short stories.

In all, it promises to be a wonderful night for lovers of books and for anyone seeking entertainment. The Club extends an invite to the community to come along to this exciting event.

Developing the skills of effectively delivering a speech or interpreting the words of others is just one of the many benefits of Toastmasters membership. Another skill that members acquire is the art of impromptu speaking or "speaking off the cuff". This assists members to hone their interpersonal communication skills - so essential in work situations and interviews.

At the last Speakeasy meeting, Vincent Harris conducted the "Topics Session". Among the many topics discussed by members was the annual Feast Day "St. Patrick's Day" where "Leo met Conor" in America.

Deirdre Linehan made an insightful contribution on the vexed question of "transgender in sports - is it a level playing field?" The question of whether Katie Taylor is "Ireland's Greatest Sportswoman" elicited a big response. Given the "blood and bandage" nature of County Cork, much mention of the wonderful Camogie and Ladies Football teams and notable stars like Rena Buckley and Breege Corkery were nominated.

On a seasonal note, the subject of "the Dawn Chorus" brought a beautiful response from Jillian Harris and the chatter of birdsong in her garden. This contribution was deemed to be the Best Topic Contribution.

The next Speakeasy meeting will take place on Thursday, April 4 in the Hibernian Hotel at 8pm. At this meeting, it will be business as usual with Speeches, Evaluation and Topics Session. It promises to be a great night of entertainment and wordsmithery which will include an Ice-breaker speech.

As always, guests are welcome to attend and are never required to speak unless they wish to do so. The Club looks forward to seeing you on Thursday night.

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