NSC - Down Memory Lane

October 21, 2016

Craigmore Viaduct



Newry Speakers Club are in existence 10 years and we have had many meetings over this time. So far I have come across information for two of our meetings for the year 2013. Which of our current members still remembers these two nights?  For an enhanced view check out the content below with some pictures for representational purposes and for the original content check out http://www.newryspeakers.org/News.html


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Newry Speakers club had another successful meeting in The Canal Court Hotel on the first Wed in Feb, 2013. This was presided over by President Annie O’Hare. She opened by outlining an interesting piece of history in the Newry area. The Craigmore Viaduct was constructed in the 1850’s to link the Belfast and Newry Railway.  It is one of the highest in Ireland and is a marvel to Victorian workmen and engineers.




The Toastmaster was Charles Barker from the Dundalk club and Monaghan. He guided the evening through the various stage speeches, topics and “ums”. A poem entitled NO PAUSE was recited by the Toastmaster.





Chris McCabe acted as Sergeant at Arms where he welcomed the guests, and reminded everyone about the housekeeping rules. Chris also timed the speeches and the evaluations.







The Wordmaster for the meeting was Janet Graham from Drogheda Toastmasters and Bedford, England. She gave us the word BRILLIANT.







Brendan Dolan took on the role of “Ah” counter. This position is essential in any club if the members are to improve their speaking ability and avoid using clutch words.





An Irish Wake was the stage 7 speech delivered by Kieran Madine. In this speech Kieran had to fully research his topic and to use props where appropriate. It was delivered with true professionalism.










The second speech called A COUNTRY SPORT was given by Vincent Smith. Here Vincent was asked to entertain and inform the audience.







A wide range of topics were pounced on the members by Gary Phillips. They included

  • Do opposites attract?

  • Your greatest fear


The speeches were evaluated by Gary Phillips and Declan Wynne