Ballincol­lig ho­tel is the toast of spe­cial club

Irish Examiner - County - - News - Áilín Quin­lan

A land­mark Co Cork ho­tel has been pre­sented with a spe­cial cer­tifi­cate for its role in host­ing one of the world’s most suc­cess­ful clubs.

Ballincol­lig’s award-win­ning Pow­der­mills Toastmasters, which to­mor­row night holds a spe­cial Open Night for in­ter­ested mem­bers of the pub­lic, has been meet­ing for many years in the town’s well-known Oriel House Ho­tel.

The club re­cently de­cided to mark this long and happy re­la­tion­ship by pre­sent­ing the man­ager of the Oriel House Ho­tel, Ro­nan Fahy, with a framed “Club Venue Iden­ti­fi­ca­tion” bear­ing the Toastmasters logo, to be dis­played in the ho­tel foyer, iden­ti­fy­ing the ho­tel as the of­fi­cial meet­ing venue of Pow­der­mills Toastmasters.

The popular or­gan­i­sa­tion, which has been run­ning since the mid-1990s in Ballincol­lig boasts about 30 mem­bers aged from those in their early 20s to those in their 70s.

Club vice-pres­i­dent Des Meade says the Pow­der­mills club wants to ex­pand its mem­ber­ship, adding that the reg­u­lar meet­ings take place at Oriel House Ho­tel ev­ery se­cond Wed­nes­day at 8pm. It is hold­ing a spe­cial Open Night to­mor­row at 8pm to give in­ter­ested mem­bers of the pub­lic an op­por­tu­nity to see what Toastmasters is all about.

“This is a des­ig­nated open night for the pub­lic to call in and find out what we are about, and how join­ing Toastmasters would ben­e­fit them.

“We wel­come ev­ery­one,” says Mr Meade, he said, adding that ad­mis­sion is free and that new ar­rivals do not have to speak and can just see how they too could in­crease their self-con­fi­dence when it comes to ad­dress­ing an au­di­ence.

“Be­ing in Toastmasters re­ally en­hances your skills when it comes to any kind of pub­lic speak­ing, whether it’s at a con­fer­ence, mak­ing a pre­sen­ta­tion or even just speak­ing with con­fi­dence dur­ing meet­ings in the work­place.

“Th­ese skills are very valu­able to peo­ple of all ages and I would think that Toastmasters in gen­eral gives peo­ple the self-con­fi­dence to stand in front of any au­di­ences and de­liver.”

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