A Mullingar Toastmasters open night, with special guest speaker Mayor Hazel Smyth, offered intrigued locals a master class into the art of public speaking at the Greville Arms Hotel last Thursday, 27 January.
Cllr Smyth told the audience all about her unique political journey and how it came about, while some of the Toastmasters veteran members also took to the stage, speaking on various topics.
“Politics can dramatically change the course of history,” began the Green Party councillor. “It’s not an easy job but it is a very important one. I always struggle to understand the very dismissive comments that are made against politicians: that they’re all the same and they’re all gangsters.