Inspiring words at the Wexford Toastmasters Open Evening
Every chair was filled at the Wexford Toastmasters open evening as crowds gathered to listen to some thought-provoking speeches on a diverse range of topics.
Based in Greenacres Gallery, visitors had the chance to get a taste of what the group have to offer by listening to prepared and impromptu speeches.
Mick Finn's humorous speech 'Cúpla Focal' provoked plenty of laughter among members of the audience, who could all certainly relate to his experiences. In his seven-minute speech, he spoke about how, despite years of being taught Irish in school, he has only been left with 'cúpla focal'.
Meanwhile, Carmel Walsh gave an inspirational speech about how membership of Toastmasters has afforded her the opportunity to develop.
Although fellow members were shocked to see her arriving with a crutch, they were relieved to discover its true purpose. 'In her speech "Why Should I", Carmel used the crutch as a visual prop to show people how they can abandon "crutch words",' explained a spokesman for the Wexford Toastmasters group.
All of the speeches made on the night must have struck a chord with the audience as, according to the group spokesman, a number of people have since expressed interest in joining.
'We are always looking for new members,' he said. 'People are welcome to sample the meetings to see if they wish to join.'
At present, there are 25 members in the Wexford branch. They hold meetings twice a month, during which every member has the opportunity to develop his or her leadership and public speaking skills.