"I really enjoyed doing the course with my friends. Mary created a very comfortable environment for us to express ourselves. She challenged us and put us on the spot, forcing us to think quickly, structure our thoughts and communicate them clearly. She emphasised the importance of pausing rather than filling sentences with "eh" and "em". The exam at the end forced us to focus and put into practice everything that we had learned. I had to give a presentation in school shortly after completing the course and while I would normally have been nervous speaking in front of my peers, having completed the course, I understood how to prepare and structure my presentation and I also felt more relaxed and confident. I would definitely recommend the course."

Sean O'Dea-Transition Year Student-St Michael's College 2014/2015

“I would like to thank you for a very enjoyable and worthwhile communication skills course. I felt it really improved my pronunciation and public speaking skills.

I would recommend it to my friends especially in transition year and it is an added bonus that it qualifies for the Gaisce award. “

Liam Ryan-Transition Year, Gonzaga College 2014/2015

I did 13 weeks of Mary's course as my new skill for my bronze Gaisce award. I gained something new from each individual lesson and left the course with a feeling of accomplishment. I went into these classes with very little knowledge of public speaking. I was less confident speaking in front of large groups of people and I didn't understand the importance of public speaking as a skill. I know now it is a skill that I will continue to use throughout my life. Learning about the exam in the first week scared me but by the end of the course Mary had me so prepared and I couldn't help but feel confident going into the exam. Mary ensures that each class is also filled with fun. There was never a dull moment. I felt like I was doing something productive with my time in these classes. I highly recommend this course.

Sarah Murray Transition Year Holy Child Killiney 2016/2017

"It was a really enjoyable course. Before the course I couldn't say a sentence without 'eh' or 'em'. However, after the course I don't even have to think about it. The course has given me the confidence to present projects or debates in school without having to worry about hesitating or mumbling. Would really recommend the course to anyone who wants to improve their presentation skills.' Many thanks again for all your help “


Micheal O’ Kennedy – Transition Year – Gonzaga College 2014/2015

“Before I did Mary Hennessy’s drama course, there was definitely ‘no way’ I would have stood up in front of my friends and give a Presentation. Mary taught us how to get our points across in a certain amount of time, how to sell an idea to our class and how to present it on a billboard. I’m really happy I did the course. It gave me Confidence and I know if I have to do a presentation again it won’t be So scary! Mary’s course also included us doing the Leinster School of Drama exam, which was a really good experience. I would recommend Mary’s course to any transition year student, no matter how shy you are. I’m glad I did it”


Eily Burke- Transition year student, Muckross Park College 2013/2014

“ Doing Mary’s Course was one of the best things I’ve done in my Transition Year. It opened up my mind and vocabulary and challenged me to push myself towards the exam. We had class every Wednesday evening, which was great because my school activities were out of the way. We did small interactive games to start off and then choose poems and presentations to for the final exam. Working with Mary showed me faults and imperfections in my speech that I’ve never noticed and by ironing these out changed the quality of my speech drastically. I’d highly recommend this to any student in any year either in an exam year or transition year."


Shane McCarthy – Transition Year Student – St Michaels College 2014/2015