Speakeasy finishes on a high

Speakeasy Toastmaster of the Year Sean Corcoran pictured holding the Jerry mulcahy Memorial trophy, with Jerry's daughter Mary O'Sullivan, and Toastmasters President Marie Lynes.

Speakeasy Toastmaster of the Year Sean Corcoran pictured holding the Jerry mulcahy Memorial trophy, with Jerry’s daughter Mary O’Sullivan, and Toastmasters President Marie Lynes.

Where did the year go?  The phrase ‘time flies when you’re having fun’ came to mind as our outgoing President Marie Lynes  jovially opened the meeting by welcoming members and guests alike. She handed control to Michael Cronin who was wearing the hat of Toastmaster for the evening. He ably glided through the various parts of the meeting.  Ronan Condon was first up with a speech entitled ‘Technology Trends,’ a well-structured speech that looked into really interesting ideas about how we interact on a daily basis with new technology. It was evident that this was a subject Ronan had a great deal of knowledge about. Well done on completing your 10th speech in the Competent Communication Manual, a great achievement. Brendan Foley was next up with a speech called ‘Still Standing.’ He gave us a very comprehensive explanation  of the procedures of running your own business. Inspirational stuff, thanks Brendan.

DOB’s Army’ was Deirdre Linehan’s nail-biting tale. It was called DOB’s Army because they were Deirdre’s initials before she married and back then she was a coach at a school. The highlight was when she got up on a chair like she did in the All-Ireland  Final and gave us her passionate locker room words of encouragement, a wonderful example of the effectiveness of hand gestures. Last but not least was Sean Corcoran who read the play ‘A Galway Girl.’ He had the setting lovely as he had put out a small table and a lamp on it, bringing us into the story straight away. Such a sad tale, brought expertly alive by Sean. An important lesson to grasp, to enjoy life.

Tony O’Regan was very topical with a summer theme in his role of Topicsmaster, awarding Don McSweeney best topic for his response on holiday romances.

We had a great year in Speakeasy but it was also tinged with sadness at the passing of a much-loved and valued member, Jerry Mulcahy. We were delighted that his daughter Mary O’Sullivan could join us to present the Jerry Mulcahy Trophy to Speakeasy Toastmaster of the Year,  Sean Corcoran. He is a deserved winner who does the I.T. in the club. Speaking of which, to find out more about us, go to www.speakeasytoastmasters.com or you can follow us on Facebook or Twitter, or phone Brendan Foley 087 7938641, or Marie Lynes 087 9746947. We won’t be back again until September 8th on alternate Thursdays at 8p.m. sharp.  Please join us, Guests are always more than welcome and won’t be asked to speak.