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Nostalgia Night- a date for your diary – November 24

A message from Marjorie McHenry, Secretry General of the Association ( ..and you name it)

Dear Alumni,

Please check your diaries and ensure you have noted 24th November in the Merrion Inn for

Nostalgia Night.

There were over 50 participants last year, and a great night was had by all.

Details to follow.

The passing of three former colleagues, friends, great people

As time marches on, it seems we receive news more frequently of former colleagues who have

passed through to the better place. Sadly,in the recent few weeks, we have had such reason to

remember Sally Scott, Paddy Jordan and Maureen Frawley

 

 Sally Scott was widely loved and admired, both in her many years in CTT/ Head Office and later, as a

regular attendee of Alumni events. The following memorial is supplied by Marjorie McHenry, Anne

Kennedy and Nancy Downes:

Sally came to CTT when the Whiskey Campaign was launched (early 1960s).  Sean Gallagher was in

charge and Biddie Greene was involved.  Sally worked to Biddie for the campaign.  They got on

so well that Sally, Biddie, Nancy and Clodagh Doyle planned a ski holiday together.  They were

invited up to Sally’s mother’s house every Sunday to prepare for the holiday where they

practised their moves and knitted fairisle jumpers.  Unfortunately Sean was unable to let

Biddie take the  time off, so they went without her.  Arriving in Kitzbuehl, they were treated

like VIPs in the hotel because Peter Needham, then CTT-Germany manager got wind of their plans

and sent a case of wine to the hotel.  Also a beautiful bunch of flowers arrived for Clodagh

from an anonymous admirer (so she said and then marred him).
 
Sally worked for Michael Clarke for many years.  She also worked for Sheila Hussey and Martin

Sheridan and later with Gerry O’Brien and Paula Keogh – tied into the Exhibitions Department

headed by Percy Lovegrove. Here she showed real CTT spirit – get the show on the road no  matter

what.
 
Her love for her “boys” (her three poodles) was well known.  At the Summer barbeque when

talking to Marie Gill and Nancy, she announced she was going to get a new dog – her three walks

a day were auspicious, as her friends in the neighbourhood missed her and raised the alarm. Sally knew the local business people well – she useto bring around Christmas lunch for the

guys who had to work in her local garage!  Sally was a “real trooper”

 

Paddy Jordan joined CTTY in 1963 and was posted to the New York office to work under Dan

Scully. Fintan Keogh worked with him there and tells me:

“Paddy and I shared a small office in the Irish Consulate building, 33 E 50th street. Our boss was

“Mr. Scully.”  Paddy and I shared a broad portfolio of product sectors. . I don’t know how successful

we were but we spent happy times together. He loved to pull the odd prank not least on our exceedingly

tolerant boss !

I can’t recall dates but Paddy then moved back to Dublin and must have been one of the first

into Paris for a few years before moving up to Brussels office. After 3/4 years he was back in

Dublin and later joined Lissadel Towels. He then moved to CII after about 4/5 years.He made his

mark in the Food and Drinks section and of course was instrumental in getting CII companies to

sponsor young graduates to gain work experience and language skills across Europe.

Paddy was an accomplished pianist and church organist”

 

For those who haven’t already seen it, an obituray appeared in last weeks Irish Times. Here is

a link to it, but apologies for the reproduction. and right-click to choose Rotate to read it

upright!

 

 

Maureen Frawley worked in our New York office from the late 1970s to, I believe, the nineties.

She was alsways the smiling, helpful and modest member of staff (and totally reliable and

efficient). One of those people you love to have on a team and who seems able to absorb any

stress calmly and pleasantly. At the time, I was aware that Maureen had a connection to the

theatre/ acting profession, but she never talked about it, never promoted herself. But in fact,

Maureen was an accomplished musician, a gold-medal winning  singer at an early age, a choirist,

with the Pan-Am and other choirs, an actress, on famous stages and, along with her husband

Bernard, a performer and collaborator with some of the greatest personalities in theatre in 

the US and elsewhere for most of her life. (Thanks to Biddy Greene for help with this)

 

This was described beautifully in her eulogy by her daughter Oonagh, at her burial in Blainroe,

Co. Wicklow recently. A copy of it is placed in our archive, and you can access it via this

link.

We rememebr them with sadness and joy. May they rest in peace. RIP.

Candidate for a future overseas position?

Get to Enniskillen to see Alf !

I was surprised and delighted recently to receive a flyer from the Donegal Historical Society promoting  an interesting local history session in Killybegs, on the topic of early Irish christianity, and especially the design of early crosses and iconography. (I have a theory that the first stone crosses were actually Viking !) (But you know me..)

The expert lecturer in Killybegs was none other than our old friend and colleague Alf Monaghan, promoter of Irish exports to the Danish (and Icelandic and Greenland ) markets and later senior economic adviser to the Curacao and then  other governments.  Alf was team leader of multi million dollar economic development projects , for many years, in places such as Egypt and Syria, where he developed an interest in  and studied early Christian/ Coptic religions.

He tells me he has lectured in about 50 different places in Ireland in recent years, on aspects of the early Christian church in this country, its origins before St. Patrick and , especially, its connections to the Middle and Near East. And with impressive conviction!

His next lecture will be in Enniskillen on October 27 and I strongly recommend it. Here’s a link to some information  about it and something about Alf himself, and his very supportive aide, wife Mary. 

I invite Alf to use this site to keep us informed about his lectures. Maybe we can make a side-bar banner for him to promote the activity. And, the same banner offer is open to all ex-CTT colleagues to use in promoting their own current major activity or interest.

The tennis guys get older and fitter

 

There’s only a few of them. But they’re fanatic ! They turn out every year, looking younger than ever and, I hear, playing great tennis.

This year the CTT Alumni Championship, at Fitzwilliam, September 1, was marked by a new entrant, Lorraine Egan and a first time winner Michael Schutz. The photo shows doubles winners Rita O’Reilly and Michael Schutz and runners up Marion Kirwan and Aileen Butler

 

Checking out the Battle of the Boyne

Dennis, Selma, Sheila and Geoff

Thanks to Geoff MacEnroe for the images taken at a very nice outing to the site of the Battle of the Boyne and Oldbridge House,May 30, organised by Rosemary Craig. 14 attended

Mary Paula Walsh R.I.P.

    Our colleague, Mary Paula Walsh, has died after a long illness on 17 April 2017 – Reposing from 4pm to 6pm on Friday, 21st April, at Massey Bros. Funeral Home, Templeogue Village. Funeral Mass on Saturday, 22nd April, at 10am at the St. Mary’s Dominican Priory, Tallaght Village, followed by burial in Manor Kilbride Cemetery.  May she rest in peace.

Events to look forward to

 Here’s the short but good fun programme for this year, so far. (Golf and tennis will also be on the menu, but arrangements to be confirmed by John and Geoff)

 

May 23: Visit to the battle of the Boyne site.

 

 

 

 

Details (transport, et) to be confirmed. But, anyway, please signal your interest by emailing Contact Us on this site

 

 

 

July 28:   Midsummer B B Q on the Cill  Airne on the River Liffey 


 

 

 

 

Details, content , etc will follow soon. Watch this space. Always good fun, this one.

 

 

 

 

 

November 24 :   Nostalgia Night at the Merrion Inn

 
The best way to prepare for (or even skip) Christmas. A powerful night. We even nhave overseas visitors, regularly. And if you’re looking for existential meaning, loads of it here

 

 

Details for all of these are to be confirmed. But the dates are set, so you can place them in your diaries. And please signal you interest in attending by “reaching out” via Contact Us, the menu item atn the top of the Home page.

Tom Healy

        

Our former colleague, Tom Healy died peacefully at home with his family on 14th April.  and the remains are reposing today, Monday,  in Quinn’s of Glasthule from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.   Removal Tuesday to the Church of the Assumption, Dalkey arriving for 11.30 funeral mass.  May he rest in peace.

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I am sorry to have to advise that our site was Hacked !. Some damage was done, now repaired, but some data was lost, notably my post about the late, great Barry Cahill.

This sort of thing never happened to my old technology, which was used as the basis of our site for some years (- but it is now unsuitable for other reasons). But Word Press, which we now use, is rather prone to viruses, hackers, etc.

We received the following image on the site one day, which over-wrote previous posts

 

 

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