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Upcoming Events Jan to Jun 2017

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Club Events:
- 28th February 2017 OPEN NIGHT - Bring along a friend or family member to build a crowd and make the evening our biggest night of the year
- 14th March 2017 CLUB CONTEST - International speech and evaluations - Our meeting will run as normal and we will include this as part of the night
- 28th March 2017 AREA CONTEST - We are hosting this event and will welcome other club members to our venue for this event. It is always a great night and we are looking forward to being hosts this year
- 9th April 2017 - DIVISIONAL FINAL - Any members who have got to this stage will need our full support. Good luck everyone.

Meeting 13th December 2016

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The Night After Christmas by Brendan Glacken (Irish Times) T’was the night after Christmas when all through the house Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse Silk stockings were still in their Brown Thomas pack The wife planned (as usual) to take them right back And exchange them for strong heavy-denier tights More sensible choice on these cold winter nights. Myself I was nestled all snug in the bed While credit card nightmares revolved in my head With those seasonal greetings, so tender and sweet The most touching of all, "Did you keep the receipt” Then out on the lawn there arose such a clatter I sprang from the bed to see what was the matter. "Relax", the wife muttered, don't get so excited It's just one more party and you're not invited The next thing I heard, was a knock at the door And when I went down, there were neighbours galore They explained that their party had run out of beer Which quite spoiled the look of their seasonal cheer Their singing and dancing had lost all its rhythm (And what drink that they had was all on ‘em, not with ‘em). So they wished me a loud "Happy Christmas to you" And could I help out with a bottle or two? Now I've found as a fact that wherever I roam The virtue of charity begins in the home And I just couldn't find the heart to refuse So I brought them all in and broke out the booze They all cheered and insisted "I wasn't the worst" For no fate could be crueller than dying of thirst Well we partied all night and we drank the house dry After which we had breakfast, a huge Irish fry Then they all staggered off and I crawled up to bed With the vaguest of notions as to where was my head So I took off my clothes, then only to find That my legs and pyjamas were all misaligned. As I foosthered and groped, the wife lifted her head "You're up very early this morning" she said There was nothing to do but to put back on my clothes And go downstairs again --where my blood duly froze At the scene in the kitchen, the mess on the floor Not to mention two Toastmasters asleep by the door Well, I gathered the bottles and cans in a sack And put Vincent and Seamus in a skip out the back Then sneaked back upstairs but was trapped on the landing For something had clicked in, the wife's understanding And she asked me a question that made my heart sink (Well buoyed up though it was by an ocean of drink) You haven't forgotten, my sweet honey-bunch That my mother and father are coming to lunch And you promised to cook that nice dish of roast pheasant From the recipe list you got as my present I could sense myself right on the edge of a row The very last thing that I wanted just now So I just had to do what a man's gotta do From the depths of a hangover serve cordon bleu If you ask me how lunch went, I'd have to say, well sir I winged it myself with a few Alkaseltzer But there with the in-laws as I toyed with my plate The last drops of my energy I felt dissipate To keep my eyes open I just wasn't able And I watched myself slipping right under the table Yet I managed to croak, as I slid out of sight Happy Christmas to all and to all a good night Joe Bishop

Meeting 29th November 2016

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Try to see the world through the eyes of a child. Eyes that are not yet cynical or skeptical. Eyes that marvel at everything they see. The lessons we learn from children about life are so much more important than the lessons we teach them. Think happy thoughts Seamus Hynes

Meeting 18th October 2016

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Desiderata

Written by Max Ehrmann

Go placidly amid the noise and haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence.

As far as possible without surrender

be on good terms with all persons.

Speak your truth quietly and clearly;

and listen to others,

even the dull and the ignorant;

they too have their story.

  Be yourself. Especially, do not feign affection. Neither be cynical about love; for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment it is as perennial as the grass. Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth. Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings. Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness. Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself. You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here. And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should. Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be, and whatever your labors and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul. With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.   Delivered by Gerry Hanley - PoetMaster