A Year from Now

Phoenix-Tara Toastmasters made its radio debut on Radio 1’s Countrywide on Saturday 28th January 2012.

Our incoming President Mairead Murphy and Ciaran Moore represented the Club. The Club secured the six minute prime-time radio slot, following a visit by reporter, Damien O’Reilly, to Phoenix-Tara Toastmasters’ visitors’ night in Dunboyne Castle Hotel.  Prior to the meeting, Damien interviewed Club President, Marion Smyth, who recalled being asked to introduce herself on a trip to America some years ago.  She admitted that the first thing she looked for was the exit.  Marion tried to escape but was prevented and managed to introduce herself despite her terror.  Reading a prayer of the faithful at mass was also a terrifying task before she joined Toastmasters.

Area 16 Governor and member, John Dineen, dispelled the popular myths surrounding Toastmasters.  He told Countrywide that Phoenix-Tara Toastmasters provides an opportunity to practice public speaking, in a friendly and supportive atmosphere on the second and fourth Monday of each month.

Conor Hayes told the programme he joined Phoenix-Tara because he is a recovering stammerer.  Conor ,who has recently completed the McGuire Programme, believes that Toastmasters has helped him control his stammer better.  He can now speak openly about it and can now give presentations at work, that he formerly shied away from.  Recently, he has started reading at mass – something he did not think was possible before he joined Toastmasters.

Colm Woods joined Phoenix-Tara Toastmasters after his brother asked him to be the best man at his wedding.  It helped him cope better with the daunting experience.  On the wedding day, four months later, Colm had overcome his fear of looking stupid and the speech was a success.


For further information please contact Marian Brennan on 087 635 9787.