In 2009 a group of Polish people living in Dublin formed Cogito Toastmasters to improve their public speaking skills but unlike every other Toastmasters club in Dublin they held their meetings in the Polish language, making Cogito Ireland’s first non-English speaking Toastmasters club.
Unfortunately , the recession hit the Polish community in Dublin very hard and many of the club’s founding members moved back to Poland making it impractical to continue solely as a Polish-speaking club.
The club was relaunched in 2011 as an English-speaking Toastmasters club with a mission to provide a friendly, supportive environment for the international community in Dublin and give people who didn’t have English as first language a safe place to practice and improve their presentation skills
With that simple mission Cogito grew to become the vibrant multi-cultural club that it is today with members from France, Spain, Italy, Germany, Poland, Lithuania, China, Pakistan, India, Saudi Arabia, Morocco and Kenya along with a few Irish as well.
Over the years we’ve held our meetings in unique and beautiful venues. We held our first meetings in the formal wood-panelled board room of Liberty Hall, before moving to the Georgian magnificence of the Irish-Polish Society’s home on Fitzwilliam Place. We also held meetings in Trinity College before moving to our current spiritual home, the Lantern Centre on Synge St which complements our multi-cultural philosophy and have given us a lovely light-filled room to practice and improve our members’ presentation skills.