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”.

Kildare Toastmasters Next Meeting 24th Oct

Kildare Toastmasters are having their 2nd meeting of October as usual on 24th Oct at 7.45pm at the Silken Thomas pub upstairs. Guests and potential new members are always welcome. A night of interesting speeches and witty banter is no doubt in store for all. Kildare Toastmasters meet the 2nd and fourth Tuesday each month at the Silken Thomas Pub at 7.45pm in a friendly, mutually supportive environment.

Division D Final Clonmel Park Hotel 22nd Oct

Great news for Kildare Toastmasters. The Division D final of the Humorous Speech and Table Topics contests will be taking place on Sunday 22nd Oct at 1.30pm at the Clonmel Park Hotel. Members and guests are invited to enjoy an exciting afternoon of humour and impromptu speaking in an afternoon that features for the first time three members from one club seeking a place at the  District 71 final at the Steel Conference in Sheffield commencing 3rd Oct. Member Lorraine Howard will compete in the Humorous Speech final and Maureen McCowen with David Clinton a dual member representing Athy will go head to head in the Table Topics competition. Best of luck to all concerned.

Area 28 Finals Maynooth 9th Oct 2017

Great news for Kildare Toastmasters. 4 current members including two who have dual memberships for Naas and Athy Toastmasters will be competing in a head to head at the Area 28 finals of the Humorous Speech and Table Topics contest at the Glenroyal Hotel Maynooth on Mon 9th Oct at 7.45pm. Best wishes to Maureen McCowen competing in Table Topics with Eileen Loughman and Lorraine Howard for the Humorous Speech contest with David Clinton who is also competing in both the Humorous Speech and  the Table Topics contests.


Kildare Toastmasters welcome Mohammed Murad DTM


An historic day for Kildare Toastmasters when Immediate Past International President Mohammad Murad and District 71 Director Kevin JH Lee were honoured guests among so many at our recent club meeting. Mick Conlon’s level 10 speech Relight my Fire got the club over the line for President’s Distinguished status for the first time ever. Club founding member Eilis McCormack was presented with her Advanced Communicator Gold and Mary Reynolds was presented with a Triple Crown.  As general evaluator,Mohammed complimented much of the work our club has done and gave us some really useful ideas to include in our meetings going forward. Thank you Mohammed for your very valuable evaluation!
A hugely successful night in the club’s history.


Advanced Communicator Gold achievement for Eilis McCormack

Our club matriarch and founding member Eilis McCormack delivered wisdoms from her years of experience with a 2 hour evaluation presentation at a special extra meeting of Kildare Toastmasters which completed her Advanced Communicator Gold and become the first member in the club to reach that distinction.
We are so proud of Eilis who continues to be an absolute inspiration to everyone.


Kildare Toastmaster Honoured

Congratulations to Adrian Melia, VP Membership, who was honoured as Area Director with a selection of Toastmasters books from Michael Collins for our Area 28 being the first distinguished so far in the Division. He also got a silver commemorative plate from Division D Director Patricia Loughnane along with his fellow Area Directors.


Kildare Toastmasters win at Div D Finals

April 17th, 2016- What a great day for Kildare Toastmasters with James and Maureen taking big prizes at the Division D International Speech and Speech Evaluation contest at the Horse & Jockey Hotel, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.
With a simply superb evaluation James Dunny was the easy winner in the evaluation contest while club president Maureen McCowen gave a remarkable performance with her speech “Feel the Fear” which came second.
On a truly remarkable day for the club, James as at least equalled Eilis in getting to district final which will be held in Limerick on Sunday 15th May. Lets all hope he goes one better and wins it.