Kildare Toastmasters held their annual club competition last week on Tuesday 9th April at the Silken Thomas. The competitions are often the highlight of the year and the top two go forward to the next round of the International world championship of public speaking.

There were two competitions, the speeches obviously, and one for evaluating a speech given by a visiting speaker. Ger Dooley of Naas did the honours this time with a speech on how to ‘Improve cash flow while decluttering’. Last year’s evaluating club champion Maureen McCowen again won this competition with a unique, clever and insightful review of the speech with suggestions. Eilis McCormack, who got to the UK and Ireland finals two years ago came second.

In the speech competition Margaret Smyth won with a hilarious take on the Baby on Board bumper stickers on cars and variations she thought also could be used. Harry Doyle came second with a lovely story about trees at the back of his house at the Hill of Allen and they effect they have had on his family life particularly as his children were growing up. Adrian Melia gave a speech on the price of a ski jacket which he mistakenly paid £600 for when he thought the price was £60 only for that jacket to save his arm from amputation in a bad car crash a few weeks later.

The next round is held in Carlton Court Hotel, Athy on Tuesday 16th, then for the winners it’s onto the provincial final followed by the UK and Irish ones in Torquay, in May, and after that it’s the world finals in the USA.

Normal club meetings resume as on Tuesday 23rd, 8pm upstairs at the Silken Thomas, Kildare town.

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Derby Fashion Show

A fashion show will take place in the Derby House Hotel on Friday, April 19, with all proceeds going to the running of this year’s Derby Festival.

It is hoped that the show will raise over E1,000 towards the running of the annual Derby Festival, which takes place in Kildare town in June to mark the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby on the Curragh

According to organiser Ollie Kearns, the reigning Festival Queen Shauna Channon and last year’s title holder Kelly Mackessy will both strut their stuff on the catwalk, along with some GAA stars.

Fashions from Coast, Carraig Donn, Dunnes Stores, Tescos, Amarra Bridal, V1 Style, Vanity Fair and By Design will feature, along with sports kit from Kildare Town Soccer Club and Kildare GAA.

Tickets are available from shops around Kildare town and the committee. The show will take place at 8pm in the Derby House Hotel.

A fundraising quiz night for the Derby Festival will also take place in the Silken Thomas at 9pm this Friday, April 12, and all support is welcome.

Kildare town bridge

The Bridge Club will re-open September 2013.

Carmelite Youth Choir

The Carmelite Youth Choir are looking for new members for the choir. They rehearse on Wed evenings in Carmel Hall 630 to 730 pm. Contact Clara 087-2102571 or Sarah 087-2277318.

Kildare Diabetes Group

Kildare Diabetes Group is a support group for people with type 1 diabetes. We meet once a month to discuss our lifestyles, what works to achieve better control, eating habits, to organise days out, etc. It is run by people with diabetes, who understand the challenges of having diabetes. Our next meeting is on Wednesday, 17th of April, at 7.30pm in Lawlors Hotel, Naas. All type 1 diabetics/parents of children with type 1 welcome to attend. For more info email Follow us

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