Thursday 14 December 2017

Buzzing atmosphere at Toastmasters' contest

There is always a slightly different atmosphere at Speakeasy Toastmasters for the annual International Speech and Evaluation competition night.

A buzz in the air, a sense of expectancy and for those not competing, the joy of listening to the contestants as they put their best foot forward.

There was a large attendance of members, guests and judges from other clubs. President Marie Fitzpatrick welcomed all in attendance, before handing over control of the meeting to Contest Chair, Helsa Giles. Anne Buckley was Topicsmaster for the meeting and Ray Ryan and Mary Buckley were Timekeepers.

First up was Claire O'Connell with a speech titled "Garabandal". It was a serious speech to find our own happy place.

Next up was Brendan Foley with a speech titled "Blissful Confusion." Brendan informed all that we learn from our mistakes.

The next speaker was Theresa O'Reilly with a speech titled "Happy." Theresa took the audience on a wonderful journey outlining that in the technology filled world we live in it is important to make time for real friends.

The final speaker was Bobby Buckley with a speech titled "Run for the Sublime." He entertained with a thought provoking speech ever in search of the sublime.

Next was the Evaluation Contest. Moria O'Brien from the Blarney Club delivered the test speech titled "Mahon." She recalled the story of her ancestors and she informed that she was the 32nd generation descendant of Brian Ború.

The winners of the Speech Contest were Bobby Buckley and Theresa O'Reilly, and the winners of the Evaluation Contest were Pat Sexton and Marie Fitzpatrick. All four will be going through to the area final which will be held in the Hibernian Hotel, Mallow, on March 23.

The next meeting will be held on March 23 at 8 p.m. In the Hibernian Hotel, . It is the area final of the International Speech and Evaluation competition so come along and join them. Guests are never asked to speak.


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