Limerick Toastmasters mark 30 years with limerick competition

Sadhbh Picilaidis

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Sadhbh Picilaidis

Eithne Gleeson, president of Limerick Toastmasters, with Mary Murtagh, Dooradoyle, who was awarded honorary life membership for her contribution to the Limerick club. Picture: Gareth Williams
WHat better way for Limerick Toastmasters to celebrate 30 years of developing public speaking skills than a limerick competition.

WHat better way for Limerick Toastmasters to celebrate 30 years of developing public speaking skills than a limerick competition.

Representatives of Toastmasters clubs from all over Ireland assembled in the Savoy Hotel to honour past and present members.

Past president of Limerick Toastmasters, Antoinette English said: “The limerick competition was great fun and the open mic performance was highly entertaining and great praise is due to all those who took part.”

Limerick Toastmasters is a member of the international organisation which prides itself on being a world leader in communication and leadership development with clubs in over 122 countries. The Limerick club focuses on helping members build self-confidence by learning and practicing the public speaking skills required to effectively express themselves in various social and professional situations.

“Toastmasters has helped me to develop my speaking skills. It’s devoted to bringing out the best in people, helping them to be the best that they can be in a positive and friendly environment,” said Mrs English.

Another past president and devoted member, Mary Murtagh, was awarded honorary life membership for her contribution to the Limerick club.

Speaking after receipt of the honour Mrs Murtagh said: “It was a rollercoaster of emotions, I was surprised and delighted but especially honoured by such a recognition.

“I was greatly humbled too when I think of all the great Toastmasters who mentored me down the years and to whom I owe a great debt of gratitude.”

Current president, Eithne Gleeson, who organised the event said: “It was an outstanding evening of competition, entertainment, and stories, where fun, warmth and friendship permeated the night.”

“I believe that in a time when good communication and presentation skills are vital, particularly, in the work-place, no other club or organisation is better equipped than Toastmasters to nurture these skills and to cultivate and sustain ones self-confidence through its unique communication, leadership and mentoring programmes,” she added.

Ms Gleeson is currently compiling a full history of the club and is calling for past presidents to get in touch with her. For full details or if you are interested in joining the club more information can be found at www.limericktoastmasters.com.

Prizes were awarded for best limerick verse and open mic performance which went to Clare Dollard of Limerick Toastmasters.

Area governor and Roscrea Toastmasters member Larry Lyons won best limerick,