Wicklow People (West Edition) - - NEWS - By DAVID TUCKER

WEX­FORD Toast­mas­ters are toast­ing the suc­cess of one of their own af­ter she came sec­ond in the re­cent Divi­sion D fi­nal held in Clon­mel, a com­pe­ti­tion that em­braces 19 clubs.

Emer Mul­hall’s sec­ond place was a huge achieve­ment for the Wex­ford club and for Co Wick­low na­tive Emer, who is blind.

‘The ti­tle of my talk was to speak prop­erly and was a pun on these words,’ she said.

‘Gram­mar and sen­tence struc­ture is im­por­tant, but it’s im­por­tant to keep all the id­iosyn­cra­cies and di­alects that are in use to humorously put this across,’ she told this news­pa­per.

Emer said her seven-minute talk – partly based on her ex­pe­ri­ences trav­el­ling around the coun­try with her guide dog Trudy – played on ac­cents from places in­clud­ing Dublin, Cork and Belfast.

‘My main thing was to get across that re­gional di­alects are very im­por­tant and are part of what we are,’ said Emer, who used Trudy as a prop to in­ject hu­mour into her talk.

‘I am to­tally blind and have used braille all my life... and I didn’t have any notes of my speech. You have to time your­self, it’s a dis­ci­pline you learn in Toast­mas­ters, who have pro­vided me with lots of valu­able ad­vice and gave me more con­fi­dence with things like stance and ges­tures,’ she said.

Emer, who orig­i­nally hails from Ash­ford, in County Wick­low, has been liv­ing in Wex­ford for the past 10 years and works in the lo­cal au­thor­ity hous­ing de­part­ment. Last year, she was pres­i­dent of Wex­ford Toast­mas­ters.

Michael Maun­sell (Con­test Chair), Emer Mul­hall and Trudy her guide dog and Jane Mooney (Divi­sion D Di­rec­tor).

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