Busy April days in the Club

Well done to everybody who participated in the club Speech Contest and Evaluation contest! Our congratulations to our champions: Sonia, Anthony, Anne! We are sure you will make us proud in the Area!


… Speaking of the Area… This year we are happy to host the Area level contest in our club! Everyone is welcome next Monday, April 16th, 8pm, to Kerins O’Rahillys GAA Club to the next round of the contest! The competition of the area clubs is always full of excitement and fun (and of course, a healthy bit of adrenaline). Who will represent our Area on the next level? That will be the question of the night! Everybody is welcome to watch and enjoy those great speeches!

We are all looking forward to our celebration night! The clock is ticking… The Saturday is only 2 days away! For details, check this link – and do not be too shy! Just come and party with us!


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25th anniversary celebration


Do you know that our club is already 25 years old? Or should we say it is only 25 years young? Whatever way to see it you prefer – we would be really happy to see you on the celebration night on Saturday, April 14th. The night will be about the club, about public speaking, about most of all – about having fun! It will take place in Kerins O’Rahilly’s GAA Club, starting at 7.30pm. The program of the night includes speeches, finger food, drinks and of course meeting good old friends and nice new people. The entrance fee €20 will be collected at the door.

Party with us – and let’s celebrate public speaking in Tralee!

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Public speaking … the Irish way!

luck of the irishHappy Saint Patrick’s to everybody! This weekend is all about Ireland and Irish – so everyone has a great opportunity to end it on Monday night, March 19, like a true Irish – talking and having fun! Another exciting meeting of Tralee Toastmasters will start as usual at 8pm in Kerins O’Rahillys GAA Club. If you are Irish, you’ll feel just at home. If you are not – you’ll feel the warmth of the Irish hospitality and lightheartedness. Just be there, be with us – you will like it! And if it is your thing – we’ll have a drink afterwards (which is very Irish again, isn’t it?) See you all there, friends!

Lá fhéile Pádraig sona dhuit!

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The storm is over, the snow is melting. Got some bad case of cabin fever? On Monday night March 5th, just step out and go all the way to Kerins O’Rahilly’s GAA club! Tralee Toastmasters will meet you there! There will be another great night, with thoroughly prepared speeches and witty table topics for you to enjoy! See you there at 8pm sharp! We are equally eager to see old friends and new faces!iceman

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The updated schedule for the spring 2018

Long overdue, the schedule for the the spring 2018 is finally published on the Tralee Toastmasters website! Please check it, mark those dates in your calendar – regular meetings, contests, and (hurray!) the celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Club!

We are happy to see everybody in our club! Mark those dates in your calendar, starting with March 5.

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Tralee Toastmasters remember Tim Aherne

Tralee Toastmasters lost a very dear friend and club member recently. Tim Aherne joined Tralee Toastmasters many years ago as a supremely enthusiastic member. He gave some fantastic speeches, memorable by their thorough research and passionate deliveries. Tim also excelled in his answering of Topics. Table Topics is one of the many skills learnt in Toastmasters. A Topic is given, and without any preparation, one has to speak on that topic for two minutes. Tim made us all smile upon receival of a topic. Usually members stand up when responding, and answer the topic from their place. However Tim used to walk up to the lectern and deliver what can only be described as a “mini speech”, incredibly articulate and beautifully presented. His wealth of wisdom and philosophical view of life was always a privilege to experience.

Tim joined the ranks of our committee in the role of Sergeant –at –Arms. Included in this role is the preparation of the meeting room, ensuring there are club supplies, etc. Tim took on this responsibility with admirable conscientiousness. He arrived at least an hour before the meetings started and laid out the room, ensured all promotional material was clearly displayed. He meticulously hung signs all the way from the outside door, in the hallway, and as far as the meeting room. In a world full of technology and the printed word, Tim’s eye-catching, beautiful hand-writing adorned all these posters. The one that everyone smile was “If it’s 8, you’re late”

Tralee Toastmasters prides itself in having very high standards, and our meetings are quite unique, in that they always start on time. Whilst this is part of Toastmaster training, we in Tralee have to acknowledge that it is really because of our dear friend and member, Tim, that we have such impressive punctuality in our club-often commented on by guests.On the dot of 8pm at every meeting, Tim rang the bell with gusto. At the tea break, once again, Tim, our affectionate disciplinarian took great pleasure in reminding us it was time to recommence the meeting.

After many years in this role, Tim sidestepped into the Guest Greeter role. Every guest (and indeed member) received the warmest of welcomes and was touched by that broad smile we all came to love. Tim made everyone feel special, and offered support and encouragement to all.

One of our most recent and favourite memories of Tim, was our Christmas party, when he enthralled us all with an endless stream of songs, rendition after rendition. This was the one night he was no rush home, it was as if he knew on some level that it would be his last Christmas with us.

Exactly a year ago, the club presented Tim with a “Guest Greeter Award” for the contribution he had made to the success of the Tralee Toastmasters. On that memorable and deeply moving occasion, Tim was presented with a Golden Handshake Trophy to symbolise all his golden handshakes. That night, one of the speeches was dedicated to Tim, and finished with the now poignant “Tim, we are deeply appreciative of your loyalty and dedication to the club, but it is your presence that brings us most joy”

Alas, Tim we do not have you anymore, but your presence and spirit will live on forever in our club, in the high standards you have set.

We in Tralee Toastmasters extend our deepest sympathy to Tim’s family, his wife Marie, daughters Veronica and Linda and all his extended family and friends.

Thank you Tim, míle buíochas for the memories, it was a privilege to have you in our midst.

Ní bheidh do leithéid arís ann.

Tralee Toastmasters

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Monday 22nd June

Our last meeting before the Summer break will take place on Monday 22nd June at 8pm in Manor West Hotel. Please note the change of venue. All are welcome.

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