ON Saturday November 24, Mountrath Community School’s business and professional womens public speaking team of Una Bennett, Tara Hanniffy and Julie Keeley took part in the national final of the event in Galway.
Tara Hanniffy emerged as overall winner of the best speaker and speech, based on ‘The Joy Of Poetry’, at the regional final in Tullamore, held on November 12. She received a beautiful hand crafted diamond bracelet for her individual achievement on the night. The team came runners up in the team event and qualified for the All-Ireland event.
The concept behind the competition is a mini meeting presentation, given by each team that cannot exceed 15 minutes. There are roles of chairperson, guest speaker and expressor of thanks. Una Bennett acted as chairperson, Tara Hanniffy as guest speaker and Julie Keeley as expressor of thanks.
The national event was very enjoyable for the team, as they competed against teams from all over the country. Other teams choose various themes for their presentations, ranging from the Childrens Referendum, and the Secret of Happiness to The Joy of Poetry.
Adjudicators for the day were from Toastmasters,Galway Enterprise Board and Chroi Charity.
As the adjudicators deliberated, the audience were treated to a wonderful presentation from Tara Houghton,Young Business Person of the year 2012, and the dynamics that has made her company, Rosso Salini Designer Shoes, such an International success.
“We really had a great day, taking part and meeting all the other teams”, said Una Bennet. “The presentations were all so interesting, in paticular from the Tara Houghton and Rosso Salini”added Julie Keeley, while Tara Hanniffy stated “that it was definitely worth taking part in the competition, we all really loved the event”.