The mock wedding being held at the Hibernian Hotel, Mallow on Saturday, November 10 at 5pm is almost upon us and it promises to be a great party from start to finish. Already, all measurements for suits and dresses have been recorded. The groom is played by John Paul O'Shea while his mother is the one and only Marian Quirke, while his father is none other than yours truly, Eugene Cosgrove.
The bride is played by the lovely Kerry Rose Celine O'Shea while her parents are Carmel O'Callaghan and Denis Hanlon.
The bride will be well looked after by Stars In Their Eyes and Strictly Mallow contestant Caroline Whelan and Rachel Willis, and the groom will be well spoken of by the best man, Michael Cronin, supported by his groomsman, Martin Murphy.
The wedding ceremony will be strictly adhered to and carried out by local celebrant Geraldine Buckley and any event of this nature needs the very best MC and this, of course, is the one and only Michael O'Donovan.
There promises to be lots of surprises during the evening, from singers to musicians to magicians over the night. For those of you who are joining for 'The Afters' you are promised a great night with music by the Kramer Band and DJ Kevin O'Halloran who will keep all on their toes until the early hours.
Tickets are now on sale for this and can be bought online through the Nazareth House Facebook page and at the Hibernian Hotel and Nazareth House. This event is a fundraiser to raise money to support the redevelopment of Nazareth House.
The €18.5 million redevelopment represents the largest ever investment of the Dromahane home. It consists of a new two-story extension with 120 brand new single en-suite bedrooms and ancillary facilities linked to the original Newberry House and existing Church.
Phase one of the project has already been completed with residents already moved into their new accommodation. Work on the second phase of the re-development, which will incorporate a new coffee dock, a multi-purpose hall and leisure rooms, commenced in August and is due to be completed by the end of this year.
If you cannot come on the night but would like to show your support, please make a donation through the Facebook page - Nazareth House - The Nazareth Care Fund. Thanks one and all for your continued support.
At Speakeasy we strongly recommend a commendable evaluation
A frequently asked question by readers of this column is 'what is evaluation all about?'
In our everyday lives, we are constantly evaluating. In other words, we assess or analyse what we see and hear. In Toastmasters, we evaluate with a very specific purpose - to encourage and motivate the speaker to improve.
Every time a member presents a speech at a Toastmasters meeting an evaluator is assigned to help the speaker. The evaluator discusses the objectives that the speaker is working towards and is conscious of the speaker's level of competence and experience. A good evaluation enables the speaker to develop their communication skills with confidence.
At a Toastmasters meeting the evaluator will present an oral presentation of how the speaker has performed. The strengths of the speaker will be highlighted by the evaluator. Moreover, a few areas where the speaker can improve will be prescribed.
The motto of evaluations is 'Commend, Recommend, Commend'. The emphasis is always on helping the speaker to grow in confidence and competence.
Since its inception, Speakeasy Toastmasters has been rigorous in upholding a high standard of evaluations, conducted in a positive manner and conducive to assisting club members.
Confidence is key to good communication and positive, helpful evaluations helps a speaker to grow in confidence and blossom as a communicator.
If you wish to witness first hand the relationship between speakers and evaluators, why not pay a visit at the forthnighy meetings. The next meeting takes place on Thursday, November 1 in the Hibernian Hotel, at 8pm. Meetings are always both educational and entertaining. The Club slogan is : 'we learn most in moments of enjoyment'.
Guests are welcome and are never obliged to speak unless they wish to do so.
For more information about our Club please check out our website speakeasytoastmasters.com or on Facebook.
United boys in cup tie thriller
St GobNaits Park played host to a superb cup tie last Sunday morning as Mallow United U/16 boys came out on top in their National Cup third round fixture against Premier Division rivals Ballincollig.
Mallow, who currently lie in fourth place in the Premier Division table, found themselves trailing 1-0 early in the first half before Eoin Curtis pulled one back with a fine free kick from his left foot.
Mallow went a goal behind for a second time before a Shane Brown free kick drew the home side level a second time to make it 2-2.
Dylan McGrath got his head on the end of a well delivered corner to put Mallow 3-2 ahead before Ballincollig pulled one back in the dying minutes of the game to bring the game to extra time. With the teams tied in the second period of extra time the re-introduction of Mark Tobin decided the game when a superb strike from the Mallow player at the edge of the box saw his half volley find the top corner of the Ballincollig net to put Mallow 4-3 ahead, giving them the win and securing their place in the fourth round of the National Cup competition.
There were a number of other National Cup fixtures last weekend with Mallow United U/15 boys progressing with a win away to Macroom, the U/14s exiting at the hands of Ringmahon and the U/12s progressing to round four with a convincing win away to St. Marys.
The U12 girls traveled to Macroom for a Div 2 league fixture where an exciting eight goal game saw Macroom came out on top with a late surge to win 5-3.
Meanwhile, the U/15A and U/15B boys did the double over Carrigaline with both Mallow sides taking three points against the south Cork opponents, maintaining their strong performances in the league.
In U/13 boys Division 1, Mallow continued their push for promotion with a win away to Castleview while in Division 3 the U/13A boys picked up a valuable point away to Carrigtwohill.
Mallow United seniors were in action on Friday night where defeat to Youghal saw the Mallow side drop to fourth in the table.
Meanwhile, Mallow United is delighted to announce the launch of their online club shop where club gear is now available for purchase. To visit the club shop go to www.mallowunited.com and select Club Shop. Items available for purchase include Mallow United jackets, training tops, tracksuit top and bottoms as well as the Mallow United home kit. Order by November 5 to guarantee a pre-Christmas delivery.
Niall to give key talk at agri conference
A returning Nuffield Scholar, Niall O'Regan, a dairy farmer from Mallow will deliver one of the key addresses at the Nuffield Ireland conference on Friday, November 16 in the Castleknock Hotel, Dublin.
Niall worked for six years for LIC Ireland before returning to farming in partnership with his parents. Niall is actively involved in the community with Macra na Feirme, along with a charities, Concern and Haven Partnership.
Niall travelled to South Africa, Netherlands, Holland, France, UK, Brazil, US, Czech Republic, Poland, Ukraine and Kenya as part of his Nuffield Scholarship. His report focusses on the challenge water quality poses to the dairy industry and the lessons which can be learned from key global competitors.
Nuffield Ireland is an independent organisation which identifies future leaders in the Irish agricultural sector and through scholarships, featuring international travel, facilitates their ambition to bring about meaningful change. The Irish organisation is part of a valuable global network through its linkages with Nuffield International.
One of Ireland's most visionary agri-food leaders, Denis Brosnan, will deliver the keynote address at the conference.
Former CEO and chairman of the Kerry Group, Denis Brosnan is credited as the driving force behind the success of the mult-inational food and ingredients company.
Comedy On Q at the Aemelian
This year On Q Productions, Mallow are proud to present the premier staging of 'A Fish Out Of Water', a three act comedy written by Irish playwrite Jimmy Keary.
The story centres around a meddling mother in law as she seeks to drive a wedge between her son and his new wife, with hilarious consequences. The play features an eight strong experienced cast who are very excited to bring this production to the stage for the very first time.
Directed by Pat Taylor, the show comes to the Aemelian Theatre, Mallow on Saturday and Sunday, November 17/18, and Friday and Saturday, November 23/24 at 8pm. Tickets are available on eventbrite.ie, from 086 2558199 or on the door every night. It promises to be a great way to brighten up a dreary a November night.