Strictly Speaking fundraiser to be held in Athy

In aid of Paul Sheridan MS Fundraiser

Strictly Speaking fundraiser to be held in Athy

The keynote speaker is John Lonergan

The Athy Speakers, in association with Athy Toastmasters and Athy Lions Club, are hosting a Strictly Speaking event in the Clanard Court Hotel on March, 15, 2019, sponsored by Kildare County Council.

The event this year is in aid of Paul Sheridan MS Fundraiser, a local Athy man, to help Paul beat his Multiple Sclerosis, by raising funds to get to Russia to receive a Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation (HSCT).

According to organisers Strictly Speaking will bring together the great and good of South Kildare in an innovative speaking event. 

Fourteen contestants will take to the stage this year to talk their way to be crowned the winner.  Contestants will be given just 30 seconds to prepare a two to three minutes speech on topics pulled from a hat. A panel of judges and the audience will score the contestants based on a number of criteria; delivery, quality of the speech, effectiveness and on the inevitable x factor!

 John Lonergan, 'The Governor, The man who ran Mountjoy' will be back again to deliver an inspiring speech on “Making a difference”.

Money will be raised by funds from local businesses in Athy, sponsors for each speaker, Athy Speakers information booklet and sponsored prizes on the night.

The contestants include Richard Daly, Principal Athy Community College; Kathleen Cash, Proprietor of Tir Na Nog Montessori; Georgina Cleere Maher. Maths and RE Teacher; Michelle Dooley, Nurse; Kate O’Rourke Textile Artist, Potter, Humanitarian; Alison Miller, Play Rugby for Ireland, Teacher; Bernie Dillon  ,Accountant and Ironman; Colm Walsh, Organiser of ‘Made of Athy’; Fiona O Loughlin TD; Jimmy Byrne, Kildare Civil Defence;  Johnjoe Donovan, Manager of JJD Plastering; Mark Wall, Councillor; Rafal Szeremeta  Photographer; Sue Kinsella, Garda.

Tickets are €10 and details of the Strictly Speaking event can be found on the Athy Speakers Facebook page and tickets can be purchased on Eventbrite. There are limited places so please ensure you reserve your ticket.

If you would like to get involved, donate or sponsor this event, please contact Deirdre Walsh at 087-2939398 or email Maggie Owens at

Follow Paul’s Story on facebook @PaulsBattletoBeatMS 


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