Oh what a night

Oh what a night indeed. Open night 23rd Jan was a great success with 8 new guests in attendance. We were delighted to welcome so many new faces. Great energy and atmosphere on the night in question. Paul Kellett fulfilled the role of Toastmaster for the night with aplomb while Clara delivered her Icebreaker and Mandy presented a speech bringing history to life. A diverse selection of Table Topics were presented by Eileen and most if not all in attendance managed to make a  speaking  contribution which is a sure sign of success. Well done to everyone who had a role and assisted on the night. We look forward to seeing everyone once again on 13th Feb at 7.45pm.

Back with a bang!

It’s great to be back at Kildare Toastmasters. Our first meeting on Tue 9th Jan brought us into 2018 with a bang. What a night! Great speeches, great topics, great role participation by first timers and new members. Well done all!

We had three speeches from experienced Toastmasters Lorraine Howard with her CC7 “Mad as a Hatter” with some great insights into old and commonly used phrases such as the title of the speech first off followed by “skeletons in the closet” and also “freeze the brass balls off a monkey”, David Clinton with “Damned if you do, damned if you don’t” from the advanced storytelling manual, a tale of truth, lies, sub plots, conflict and a moral and club President Mary Caulfield with a speech on accepting an award. Great entertainment for all.

After the break first timer Derek Madigan assumed the role of Topics Master and introduced several interesting, funny and entertaining topics for everyone to try their hand at impromptu speaking. We were very pleased to see a number of our new members participating which is a big step towards meeting the first challenge in public speaking.

Special contribution award on the night was presented to Derkd for his tour de force in Topics and Shaun Durkin as General Evaluator provided words of wisdom for our Evaluators and members alike. Many thanks Shaun for joining us on the night and for your valuable contribution. Looking forward to our next meeting our “open night” showcase for members new and old on 23rd Jan at 7.45pm.


That’s right. “We want you”! See you next time!

Happy New Year Full steam ahead

Happy New Year one and all. A busy schedule ahead for our existing and all potential new members. Full steam ahead with meetings on 9th of Jan with 4 great speeches planned and also an open evening on 23rd Jan to showcase all that is good about Kildare Toastmasters and how we can help you to become a better public speaker or improve your leadership skills in a mutually supportive environment. We invite all our existing members to come along and kick off the new year with a bang and also any guests who would like to enjoy two great evenings at 7.45pm in the Silken Thomas Pub Kildare town.

Members are encouraged to put their thinking caps on in advance of The Tall Tales Contest and International Speech Contest coming down the track over the next few months. We expect to see some seasoned contestants putting their best foot forward.











Festive Greetings to one & all!!

Seasons greetings to one and all. Two more meetings before our Christmas Break for 2017. Meetings will be held on two consecutive Tuesdays ie 12th Dec and 19th December this year to accommodate the Christmas holiday period. Members and guests are welcome to attend either or both of our meetings to add to our Christmas cheer.

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Farewell to Toastmaster Adrian Melia – Goodbye my friend goodbye

Farewell to Toastmaster Adrian Melia

Today we bid farewell to our great friend Adrian Melia who died following a long battle with cancer. Our Toastmasters family is diminished greatly with his passing.  We are the better from having known him as our friend and as a wonderful inspiration to all.

Adrian was like a little boy standing on the shores of a lake skimming stones on the surface of the water. He took delight in the ripples he could make and the number of times he could make each stone bounce. You can be sure he did not pick flat stones. You can be sure that he rubbed his hands with glee as he made the ripples ever wider.

It was great that you lived your life on your own terms. You lived your life in full. You refused to back down in the face of adversity. You packed more life into a minute than most people could fit into a day. You set a new bar for life that we should all aspire to. We salute you.

Our twice monthly meeting will never be quite the same again. The absence of your quick wit and your sharp sense of perspective will leave a void which will take quite a time to fill. It is a true tribute to you that we will struggle to reach your heady heights once again.

Your Toastmaster family will miss you dearly my friend.


Adrian Melia with Eilish McCormack, David Clinton,Eileen Loughman, Maureen McCowen, Lorraine Howard,Paul McCowen and Mary Caulfield

Dual Member David Clinton crowned Table Topics Champion at Steel City District 71 conference 5th Nov 2017

1st Photo: David Clinton(Athy & Kildare Toastmasters) receives his award for 1st place Winner Table Topics Contest District 71 5th Nov 2017.

2nd photo left to right: Shalini Sinha 3rd Dun Laoghaire, David Clinton 1st Athy & Kildare & Sabine Munro 3rd Glasgow.


Dramatic leap of faith reaps reward! “Winter is upon us, do you like it or hate it?” Table topics are such a great way to improve your ability to speak at ease on any subject.

Next Meeting 14th Nov at 7.45pm

Our next meeting will be held on 14th Nov at the Silken Thomas Pub as usual at 7.45pm. All all welcome to attend. Also one for the diary, the District 71 contest finals in Steel City Sheffield will take place on 3rd Nov – 5th Nov. Dual member David Clinton will be representing his second club Athy Toastmasters in the final of the Table Topics competition. Fast forward to 5th Nov David wins District 71 for Table Topics!!!!!


Adrian Melia – “It’s not about me” – President Balraj Arunasalam Award

Exciting evening at Kildare Toastmasters on 24th Oct when Adrian experienced a “this is your life moment!”

Congratulations to Adrian Melia who received a personal video message from President Balraj Arunasalam in awarding him with an Outstanding Contribution Award 2017 to Adrian for his life of service to Toastmasters International. Birthday boy Adrian was left momentarily speechless but recovered his mojo shortly after delivering an emotional thank you to all concerned.


Laughter is the best medicine!

Great humour and great performances at the Division D final of Toastmasters at The Clonmel Park Hotel yesterday 22nd Oct. Lorraine Howard with a humorous speech entitled “Arachnophobia” performed a tour de force but was unfortunately not placed with the winners on the day. Maureen McCowen delivered a sterling performance with a topic entitled “If you could drop everything to pursue your dreams what would that be?” in the Table Topics competition but was once again unsuccessful in a selection of 8 competitors.

Dual member David Clinton representing his second club Athy Toastmasters was crowned winner of the Table Topics contest and advances to the Final of the last District 71 Ireland & UK combined regional conference at The Steel City Conference on 5th Nov. Congratulations to all our wonderful competitors and for all those who were able to attend to support on the day. Best wishes to Adrian Melia who received an award on the day for coaching and mentoring the Athy Toastmasters club but who due to illness was unable to attend. Adrian was as they say, very much there “in spirit”.