James Finnegan, a member of Tralee Toastmasters, was announced as winner of the Toastmasters of the Year at their AGM last week.
At the AGM James was also elected unopposed to the role of Area B36 Director, a responsibility which includes the Tralee, Listowel, Killarney, Newcastle West and Dell Limerick Toastmaster Clubs.
James has lived in Tralee for over thirty years, having moved from London. He is married to Kathleen, is a father to Joanne and Dan and a grandfather to Amy and Ava. A writer, actor and a member of the Siamsa Tire National Folk Theatre Choir, James has also been a member of Tralee Toastmasters for nearly two years now.
Jimmy Moran is one man who knows he is well loved - after spending three months in hospital he was discharged last Thursday and his daughter Tricia collected him and brought him back to a very emotional homecoming to his home Jimmy’s Shop in Strand Road.
Jimmy was absolutely over the moon to see dozens of family, neighbours and friends waiting to greet him and there was hardly a dry eye as the words of welcome for Jimmy rang around Strand Road. His wife Eileen, brother Sean and his daughter Tricia were overwhelmed with the reception Jimmy received with balloons and posters scattered all around the area.
Tricia said the welcome home for Jimmy was unbelievable and she extended her thanks to everyone for the support her dad received. Jimmy first went in for a routine stint operation three months ago and has been in hospital right up until last week with candles blazing and prayers from everyone around the town hoping for his recovery.