Module 2 completed by 8 Cuala participants.
Conor Mc Clure
After 5 months of long hard work on our project came a presentation to be made by all participants. On the night of Thursday, January 28th we came to the Cathal Brugha Barracks in Rathmines. We had already been put into groups of 4 or 5 and had chosen our topics. Our topics all related to relevant modern day issues that affect every community. One group chose Equality, one chose Homelessness, while my group chose Obesity. When we got there we were surprised at the size of the Auditorium we were in. It could seat 80 people and was tiered which made the room look very large. We arrived at 7 and were able to spend an hour in our groups practising who was going to say what and who was going in what order and to, of course, go over what we had prepared. Each group had to speak for around 15 minutes which was a difficult task as it is very easy to rush through your part to speak meaning your presentation seems very short. I found that, at first, it seems very daunting to go up in front of a room full of people you don’t know and speak about such a complex issue that involves a lot of information. However the longer I spoke the easier I found it and I was surprised at how easy I was finding it and it is very obvious to me that that is because of the course. Before I started I would have struggled at even speaking for 2 minutes in front of my class but after Thursday night I am much more confident in terms of public speaking and communication in general. I feel I got a lot out of the 5 months of the course and for all the hard work we put in I believe there was definitely something to be shown for it and we all took something away from it, whether it was a boost in confidence or the realisation of what we are capable of. All in all it was a very successful night.