Thursday 20 June 2019

Community news: Around Mallow

Speakeasy Toastmasters begins its new season of meetings in the Hibernian Hotel on Thursday, September 6 at 8pm.

At a time when many organisations fade away after a ten year existence, Speakeasy is now in its 26th year, continuing to achieve its aims of enabling and empowering members to communicate with confidence. In an era when digital media is omnipotent, the need for oral communication skills has never been greater.The value of one on one communication, strong presentation skills and 'good old fashioned' public speaking ability are at a premium - at work, at home and in the community.

Speakeasy Toastmasters, through its communication and leadership programme, enables its members to master all of the necessary skills.

January is usually the time for resolutions to change or 'improve'. September may well be a more appropriate time where you get a three months head start and you overcome the post Christmas slump.

Many people cite fear when challenged with speaking in public. In Toastmasters you learn by doing, with the assistance and encouragement of fellow club members and they embody the words of the American philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson - 'Once you do the thing you fear, the death of fear is certain'.

ST meet on a fortnightly basis, from September to June. Guests are always welcome at meetings and are never coerced to speak, unless they wish to do so. If you wish to learn a valuable lifeskill, perhaps curious about meetings or even looking for a good night's entertainment, why not pay a visit?

In other news, past president Helsa Giles has been appointed Area 17 Director for 2018-2019. A resident of Castletownroche, Helsa has been a member of Speakeasy since 2013. "I have really enjoyed the experience of being in Toastmasters. Every meeting is entertaining and the atmosphere is so friendly", Helsa commented on her time in Toastmasters.

Her role is to oversee and co-ordinate the activities of the Failte, Fermoy and Speakeasy Clubs. ST Mallow wish her every success in her new role.

In the meantime, the room is ready, the speeches are prepared as ST wait for the starter's pistol for their first meeting of the season on tonight, Thursday, September 6. Come along and witness the entertainment. For more information about the club, see or on Facebook. Alternatively, contact President Sean Corcoran - 086-605 4784.

Emily makes debut with Irish rugby 7’s

With a refined age structure introduced for underage girls teams for the new season, there will more opportunities than ever for girls to play rugby from the ages of 6 to 18 years of age.

Minis girls practices (for girls aged 6 to 12 years of age) are in Mallow Town Park from 10am to 11am on Saturday mornings (across from the Tesco). The older girls (aged 13 to 18 years of age) will be starting practice on Wednesday, September 12 from 7pm to 8pm at Mallow Rugby Club on St. Joseph's Road.

The girls minis and older girls teams are always delighted to welcome new girls and no rugby experience is necessary to give it a try. For information on practices or the girls rugby programme generally, please contact the club's girls rugby coordinator, Ian Vaughan, at 0862510504 or

In other news, the Munster under 18 girls interprovincial campaign had its first game on September 1 and Mallow's Gemma Lane played for Munster against Leinster. Gemma began her rugby playing career with the Mallow girls underage teams and the club wish her all the best in the remaining interpro matches this season against Connaught and Ulster.

Meanwhile, on the international front, Gemma's sister, Emily, who also previously played for Mallow's girls underage teams, was one of four new caps on the Irish woman's 7s team this past weekend.

The Irish team played in the European grand prix series which was held in Kazan in Russia over the weekend. Emily had plenty of game time and scored a number of tries with the squad finishing as bronze medal winners.

The Stan McDowell-coached side recorded four wins out of six, defeating Italy twice (12-7 and 28-10), England (27-0) and Spain (14-5), while narrow losses to Poland (17-14) and Scotland (17-15) pushed them out of the running for the Cup competition. They averaged three tries per match.

Mallow Rugby Club are delighted for Emily and proud of her and her achievements to date on the pitch.

Mallow arts on Culture Night

Mallow Arts Collective will hold two events to mark Culture Night on Friday, September 21.

Beginning at 2 30pm in the Library, there will be an 'Afternoon of Poetry, Literature and Music'.

The special guest will be Tadhg Coakley, who will return to his native town to read from his recently published novel, 'The First Sunday in September'.

At 10pm in O'Keeffe's Bar there will be a celebration of the Irish sing song in a show called '32 Songs For Ireland'. Thirty two singers will each draw a county on Monday night next and will then return on Culture Night to perform a song associated with the county which they have drawn.

This is a fun communal event and MAC are still looking for participants.

Anyone interested should ring 022 22658 and leave their name and you will receive a return call.

Volunteers needed at CDYS and Big Blue Cube

CDYS, the Cloyne Diocesan Youth Service which is based at Mallow Community Centre and the Big Cube in Goulds Hill, is currently looking for new volunteers to help in many of their projects.

If you are interested CDYS would be delighted to hear from you.

The Big Blue Cube at Goulds Hill is currently looking for volunteers to help out in their homework club which runs from Monday to Thursday from 3pm to 4pm. This service helps people of the area and is very beneficial to the community. If interested please contact Sharon on 087 714 8268.

Meanwhile, Mallow Parish Youth Ministry are in the process of starting up a youth choir / band for people aged 14 year and upwards. This will offer young people an opportunity to get involved in the churches in Mallow. Singers and musicians would certainly be welcome.

CDYS are meeting on Tuesday, September 18 at 6pm in the Mallow Community Youth Centre on the New Road.

For further information please contact Bernadette on 086 803 1126.


Carl Frederick Beame R.I.P.

The death took place on Friday, August 31 at Marymount University Hospital and Hospice of Carl Frederick Beame of Waterloo House, Killarney Road.

Carl is survived by his wife, Caitriona, brother Paul, step-sons Jerry and Sam and extended families, including the Beames and Kesslers in the United States, the Voss family in Israel and all his friends in Mallow.

A private committal ceremony will take place at a later date. We express our deepest condolences to Caitriona and familiy.

Kay Jaimeson R.I.P.

The death took place at Cork University Hospital on August 30 of Kay Jaimeson (nèe Scanlon) Nursetown, Dromahane and formerly of O'Sullivan's Place.

From a popular and well known Mallow family, Kay is survived by her husband, Mel, daughter Tina, brother Pat, sister Marion, relations and friends.

Requiem Mass was celebrated in the Church of the Resurrection on Saturday, September 1 at 2.30pm and followed by burial in St. Gobnait's Cemetery.

To the Jaimeson and Scanlon familles we extend our since sympathy.

Sean Thompson R.I.P.

The unexpected death took place of Sean Thompson at his home in Park View on Monday, August 27.

Formerly of Ballydaheen, Sean is survived by his wife, Marion, and daughter Mary, relations and friends.

Requiem Mass was celebrated in St. Mary's Church at 12 noon on Saturday, September 1 followed by burial in St. Gobnait's Cemetery.

To the Thompson family we send our sincere sympathy.