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Dunboyne Toastmasters

Story by Tom Kelly

Monday, 21st November, 2011 9:30am

Dunboyne Toastmasters

Secretary of Phoenix-Tara Toastmasters Donal Keating achieved his advanced leadership bronze award at a club meeting on Monday night, at Dunboyne Castle Hotel. Donal's speech was from the Successful Club Series, titled 'Going Beyond Our Club'. He completed his Advanced Communicator Bronze award earlier this year.

Brian Price delivered a very impressive first speech, titled 'Me and IT', which charted his teenage interest and subsequent career in the computer industry. Other speeches were given by Conor Hayes, who gave an interpretative reading of Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann, and Christina Hession, who completed project 4 of the advanced storytelling manual with a speech titled 'Words at Will'.

Impromptu speaking topics ranged from RTE stars' salaries, what is happiness?, the Euro zone, Westlife's break-up, the sale of semi state assets, Facebook v Twitter, sport on TV and Michael O'Leary as Taoiseach.

Awards were presented as follows: best ice-breaker speech, Brian Price; best evaluation, Mairead Murphy; best speech, Conor Hayes; best contribution to the meeting, Christina Hession.

The next meeting of Phoenix-Tara Toastmasters takes place on Monday, 28th November, in Dunboyne Castle Hotel at 7.45pm. Visitors are very welcome and can attend the first two or three meetings free of charge. They are not obliged to speak, unless they wish to do so.

Toastmasters is the most cost effective method of developing and improving communication and leadership skills, for employment and personal reasons. Phoenix-Tara Toastmasters meet on the second and fourth Monday each month. Further information is available on the club website at