Contest night – 23rd Mar 2016

The club’s round for the International Speaking Contest on 23 March brought a change in routine: the gales of laughter dropped a notch – but excitement was elevated.
The speakers’ contest was between three highly adept speakers: Richard Beagle, Cathal Gilbert and Gwendoline Alderton. Cathal won with Summer of Hope, a rich and wry linking of the World Cup to Ireland’s tiger economy.
The evaluator contest was between Judy Mallinson, Gwendoline Alderton and Irina Baldwin, with Judy taking the prize. Our thanks go to JJ Lynch for presenting his disarmingly accomplished Icebreaker as a test piece for evaluators.
The competition organiser Anthony Brennan led the evening with aplomb, and the exceedingly accomplished Paul Goodman was chief judge. New members Sarah Lovell and Jill Faiella joined in as counters for the judging.
The whole club wishes Cathal and Judy good luck at the Area contest in Hatfield on Saturday (2 April).

From left: Cathal Gilbert, Paul Goodman, Judy Mallinson and Anthony Brennan
From left: Cathal Gilbert, Paul Goodman, Judy Mallinson and Anthony Brennan
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