District 71 - UK & Ireland

Welcome to the official District 71 website. District 71 is a strong, proud district constituted in 1972. Currently, our District is made up of nearly 200 clubs and 4,400 members. It spans across Ireland, Scotland, Northern Wales, Northern England, Midlands, and East of England. Find out where our clubs are, about the big events that go on throughout the year, who makes up your district leadership team and the diary of events for the year.

Welcome
  • David Clinton is the 2017 Table Topics Champion!

    David Clinton is the 2017 Table Topics Champion!

  • Guy Doza is the 2017 Humourous Speech champion!

    Guy Doza is the 2017 Humourous Speech champion!

Latest News

Latest News

Find out the latest happenings in District 71
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Calendar

Calendar

Find out about all the important upcoming events
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Find a club

Find a club

Find a local club? Why not visit a club while on holidays?
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District Team

District Team

What does the D71 District Leadership team look like?
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“Adrian – it *is* about you!” – Outstanding Contribution to Toastmasters award

Adrian Melia was recognised for his Outstanding Contribution to Toastmasters by President Balraj Arunasalam

Adrian Melia was recognised for his Outstanding Contribution to Toastmasters by President Balraj Arunasalam

Popular photographer Adrian Melia was honoured in a very special way at his Toastmaster home club in Kildare town on Tuesday 24th October. In a break with normal proceedings, Toastmaster David Clinton interrupted the scheduled agenda for a few minutes with an important announcement. Read More

David and Guy show us how a dramatic gesture assures impact

David Clinton from Athy Toastmasters won the 2017 Table Topics contest.

Guy Doza from Cambridge Speakers won the 2017 Humourous Speech Contest.

Congratulations to David Clinton and Guy Doza, winners of the autumn D71 Speech Contests in Sheffield.

Both these fellas use drama to make an impression, and it paid off big style! Read More

D71 Hall of Fame awards

Michael Collins with Sharon O'Neill

Toastmaster of the Year, Sharon O’Neill from Division A, and Safe Haven 2018 Conference Chair.

 

The D71 Steel City Conference announced the Hall of Fame recipients. Immediate Past District Director Michael Collins announced the Toastmaster of the Year – Sharon O’Neill of Blarney Toastmasters, Cork.

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Your Steel City Conference programme, online

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The Steel City Conference is almost here!

If you’re looking to plan your weekend at the final D71 autumn conference, take a look at the online programme for Steel City here: http://steelcity2017.co.uk/conference/programme

Lots of great workshops, and fun and games night on Friday, contests Saturday and Sunday, plus time to make new friends and visit with old ones.

Can’t wait until the conference — hope to see you there!

–Laura

The October issue of the D71 newsletter is here!

Bedford Speakers visited Cranfield Speakers to help out at their Autumn contest.

The October 2017 issue of the D71 newsletter is here! This month’s edition is full of news from Division H, our guest contributors. There’s also a story about Clare Crowther, the first Toastmaster in the UK or Ireland to become a Toastmasters Accredited Speaker! Plus we’ve got news from District Director Red Skelton, Programme Quality Director Patricia O’Reilly gives us a preview of the Steel City Conference, and Club Growth Director John Cox gives an update on . . . Club Growth. Read More

Planes, Trains and Automobiles: Conference Countdown!

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The Steel City Conference is almost here!

Do you remember the film “Planes, Trains and Automobiles”?  That excellent 1987 film starring Steve Martin and the late, great John Candy.

In early November lots of you will be using planes, trains and automobiles to travel to Sheffield for the LAST District 71 November conference – Steel City 2017 3-5 November 2017.  If you haven’t already booked, then do so immediately and come to Steel City 2017 to:- Read More

The September 2017 newsletter is here!

Photo of the stage at the Toastmasters convention in Vancouver with Canadian flag

The latest issue of the D71 newsletter includes:

  • reports from the International Convention in Vancouver
  • 9 lessons Vinette learned on her Road to Vancouver
  • news from Division M
  • how to run an Advanced Club
  • details of the Club Incentive Programme
  • your chance to perform stand-up comedy at the Steel City Conference on 3rd November. . . and more!

Click here to read the September 2017 issue of the newsletter! 

A Snapshot of the 86th International Convention in Vancouver

Ciara Halloran & Kathleen Gately from Rathfarnham Toastmasters attended the Vancouver conference

Ciara Halloran & Kathleen Gately from Rathfarnham Toastmasters attended the Vancouver conference

by Ciara Halloran & Kathleen Gately

As members of Rathfarnham Toastmasters our last attendance at the International Convention was in Calgary 2008 when we supported fellow club member Sultan Nazir who won the District 71 International Speech Contest and made it into the world semi-finals.  This year the combination of a visit to beautiful Vancouver and the Toastmasters annual conference drew us back to Canada so what was our experience of this year’s convention? Read More

9 Lessons I learnt on my Road to Vancouver 2017

Vinette Hoffman-Jackson represented District 71 at the World Championship of Public Speaking in Vancouver

Vinette Hoffman-Jackson represented District 71 at the World Championship of Public Speaking in Vancouver

By Vinette Hoffman-Jackson

On Saturday 13th May 2017, after months of competition, I was selected to represent District 71 (UK & Ireland) in the International Speech Contest in Vancouver, Canada, which was a dream come true. I somehow managed to retain a calm exterior whilst graciously accepting my trophy and giving my thank you speech although butterflies were doing somersaults in my stomach.

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Time is running out. . .

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Only five more days to achieve the Smedley Award and to encourage your members to pay their Dues Renewals.

The Toastmasters International website will be busy at the weekend so please don’t leave it to the last minute.

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