Saturday, June 04, 2005

28'th May

Speakeasy Toastmasters Mallow

Speakeasy Toastmasters held a rapturous final meeting on the 26th May at the Hibernian Hotel, which featured the annual CTM/ATM night. Toastmasters from the Glanmire, Muskerry, Galtee and Mullingar clubs contributed to the night’s proceedings, as did Michael Cronin, the witty and enthusiastic Toastmaster for the evening. Congratulations were extended to Deirdre Linehan who came second in the District International Speech Contest and to Pat Sexton who competed in the District Evaluation Contest, both of which were held recently in Bath. Good wishes were also extended to incoming Area 17 Governor Sean Corcoran, Division A Governor Tony O’Regan, and the new President of the recently formed Galtee Toastmasters Club in Mitchelstown, Margaret O’ Regan.

Three club members completed their CTM, all of whom had the challenging task of delivering an inspirational speech, a task all three achieved with ease. Mary Stack shared her “Golden Moments” describing the momentous occasions of her life and those people who have inspired her. In “Life is a roller-coaster”, Deirdre Linehan described how listening to Toastmaster Matt Lawlee inspired her to fulfil her ambition to perform before an audience. With a speech entitled “The Begrudger”, Ray Ryan Jnr spoke of the importance of encouraging people to express their talents and not to engage in destructive criticism.

Completing their ATM-Bronze awards were Vivienne Buckley, who described the fantastical “LD2” device, which will translate your thoughts

into the language of your audience, Marie FitzPatrick, in a speech entitled “Class Re-union 2025”, made use of forthcoming class reunion to reflect on her life and to speak on the benefit of setting achievable and challenging goals for ourselves, while Pat Sexton described how the Bruce Springsteen song “Atlantic City” led him to ponder immortality, re-incarnation and the fate of the Soul in a speech entitiled “Limbo”.

Topicsmaster Gerry Kelleher amused the audience with his humourous selection of topics. General evaluator Noel O’ Connor and his team of

evaluators made supportive and incisive comments on the speakers. Finally, outgoing Club President Sean Corcoran ended a successful year by handing control to Angela Sheehan and the incoming committee.

Speakeasy Toastmasters thank all those who supported our activities during the past year, and we wish everybody an enjoyable and safe summer. Our first meeting in the 2005-06 season will be held on the 1st of September in the Hibernian Hotel at 8:00 p.m. Non-members are welcome to attend. Further information on the Club can be obtained from the Club Website,