Humour on show at club’s last meeting

Portlaoise Toastmasters have enjoyed a busy time recently.

Portlaoise Toastmasters have enjoyed a busy time recently.

The humorous speech competition at their most recent meeting gave everyone a good old laugh.

Jimmy Fitzpatrick delivered a speech titled ‘A Seventies Child’, which drew funny comparisons between the 70s and now.

We had no bicycles helmets, no seat belts, no air bags in the 70s and we felt safe, he said. We ate worms, drank water from the local river and nobody died. We fell out of trees and nobody died. And we had real friends not virtual friends. It was a hilarious speech.

Meree O’Sullivan’s speech titled ‘A Learning Experience’ was a wonderful insightful story on how Americans buy a sandwich. While Americans are more particular about butter or mayo, and butter after toasted or butter before toasted, we Irish simply accept what we’re given.

Bryan Holland’s speech tilted ‘Retail Therapy’ was as hilarious as they come. Bryan bought a new shirt that he thought took a few years of his life. It was misguided confidence when his four teenagers thought differently. Bryan had experienced retail terror.

After the interval, the topics competition got underway. The topic was ‘Mistakes are the stones to success’. Each competitor did extremely well.

The humorous contest winners were, 1. Jimmy Fitzpatrick, 2. Meree O’Sullivan. The table topics winners were 1. Mary White, 2 Mary Killeen.

The area contest is being held on November 7 at the Killeshin Hotel starting at 8pm sharp.

Four club members will be representing Portlaoise at the area contest.