Committee Members

The executive committee of a Toastmasters club consists of all eight club officers (president, vice president education, vice president membership, vice president public relations, secretary, treasurer, sergeant at arms and the immediate past president).The club president serves as the executive committee chair. Working as a team, the executive committee must manage all business and administrative affairs of the club

All toastmaster clubs are run by a committee which is re-elected every year.

Innisfree Committee members 2018 – 2019

Eddie McGurrin – President: 

Eddie is a long time toastmaster and a valuable member of PSS.

"This is my 10th year in Toastmasters.  I have gained a great deal from being a Toastmaster, it is an educational and enjoyable experience.  So, like all club members, I endeavour to promote the club so that other people know about and can avail of the benefits of public speaking practice."




Ronnie Gillanders – Immediate Past President (IPP):

A founder member of the club, Ronnie has been a driving force behind Toastmasters in Sligo, when he is not line dancing in Nashville or hosting parties in his log-cabin overlooking Sligo Bay, known fondly by some members as The Doghouse

The IPP provides guidance and serves as a resource to club officers and members. They also provide assistance in the preparation of the Club Success Plan and promotes the club’s efforts to become a Distinguished Club. The IPP attends all committee meetings and has a voice in all decisions made.


Ronan Scott – Vice President Education VPE:  

The VPE plans and directs club programmes which meet the educational needs of the club members.

He also plans and publishes regular schedules of meeting assignments and keeps track of members’ progress towards their goals.

Ronan has been a Toastmaster for about 2 years.



John Heraghty – Vice President Membership (VPM): The VPM plans and directs programmes to retain and increase club membership.

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John is a Sligo town native, and joined Innisfree Toastmasters in October 2015. He works for IBM, writing online help and user guides for software storage products.
John had spells working in Limerick, Dublin, Italy, USA, and more recently Monaghan and Galway, but is now living in Sligo with his wife and two young daughters. John is enjoying the whole Toastmasters experience immensely, and having delivered his first few speeches, he is looking forward to working

on the next speech project in the Competent Communicator manual.

Jonathan Geraghty – Vice President, Public Relations (VPPR): The VPPR develops and directs programmes that inform individual members and the general public about Toastmasters International and about club activities.

Dolores McSharry – Secretary

Although Dolores is a relatively new member she has been an enthusiastic Member and Committee Member.



Anthony Kinnane – Treasurer:

The Treasurer is responsible for club financial policies, procedures and controls.

He collects subscriptions and maintains records. He also produces financial reports for the club and receives and disburses all club funds.

A keen distance runner, Anthony can be seen racing up Knocknarea on his days off.


Owen Greene – Sergeant-At-Arms:

It is the Sergeant at Arms’ job to prepare the meeting room as well as maintaining club property, including banner, nametags and supplies.  Owen also tracks “Competent Leader Programme” progress for members.




This years national final was won by Sligo Toastmasters representative Robert McDaid

Tipperary's Anna Bradish is a Europe Direct soapbox winner 2018

Congratulations to Robert, seen here with Anna Bradish who won the under 18 title, from all at Public Speakers Sligo (one of whose members won last year’s final making it 2 in a row for Sligo!)


All change

We have changed our club name to Public Speakers Sligo. We feel that this name very clearly promotes what our club is about.  So we say a fond farewell to Innisfree Toastmasters and a warm welcome to Public Speakers Sligo – PSS for short. We are still part of Toastmasters International which is a non-profit organisation dedicated to helping people become better communicators and leaders.  If you want to know more about our club and how it can help you why not come along to one of our meetings. We meet on the first and third Wednesday of each month at 8pm in the Sligo Park Hotel.


Until next time…

Our meetings have resumed for 2019 in the beautifully refurbished Sligo Park Hotel.

If you wish to make contact with PSS Toastmasters at any stage please contact our current Club President Eddie McGurrin at