May 2015

Golf- Annual Outing confirmed- and new idea…

Golf icon Message from Golf Director, John McGuire

Hi All  I am writing to give you advance notice of the CTT Alumni Annual Golf Outing which will take place in Edmondstown  Golf Club on Friday 18 September 2015.  We have tee-times for 12 players starting at 13.15.  Brian Gaffney is the defending champion of the treasured CTT Alumni Claret Jug.

As spaces are limited and we have to pay Edmondstown in advance, I would appreciate if you would indicate if you are interested in playing as soon as possible.  I will get you to confirm early August and request advance payment to secure your booking.  The cost will be €30 for the round of golf.  For those who can stay on, we will retire after the game for drinks, a meal and prize presentation.  Everyone pays for their own ….. except the prizes!

Separately, I was speaking to Peter Bennett at last week’s Annual Dinner and he offered to host a casual couple of fourballs for anyone who is interested in playing at his club, Foxrock.  Peter is heavily involved in the club and can organise a good deal for a relaxed game and a meal.  If you are interested in hooking up for a casual game in addition to being in the pressure pot of competing for the CTT Alumni Claret Jug, let me know and I will discuss with Peter and come back with date options.

I look forward to hearing from you.


Chairman’s address at CTT Alumni AGM/Dinner

About 30 alumni attended the AGM at the Royal Yacht Club, May 20, and enjoyed a fine dinner afterwards in the magnificent setting of the club.  A report on the outcome will be published shortly. For now, we can announce that the Chairman, Frank O’Conor, agreed to stay on in his post, following heavy pressure to do so. No “Sepp Blatter”-type problems relating to Frank or his colleagues were mentioned

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re People and Places

   Readers:  if you search Categories/ People, Places, you will find some stories about ex-CTT people/places, usually contributed by guest posters. You are invited to contribute also!. Stories from the past or current lives or activities of our former colleagues would be welcome. Preferably with 2 or 3 images and generally under a thousand words please. If you think you might have something of interest, just send me a message at ContactUs, (link top of this page)


The CTT man who made the Tate famous

Published in The Independent, London, Friday, 22 May, 2015

Arts + Ents > Art > Features

‘We didn’t really think we’d get away with it’: The astonishing story of how two young Irish men completed an audacious £7m art heist

Paul Hogan thief


The painting ‘Jour D’Ete’ as was stolen from the Tate Gallery in London, 14 April 1956

In 1956 Paul Hogan shocked the world by unhooking an Impressionist masterpiece from a wall in the Tate and carrying it calmly out of the gallery

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Memoire of a visit to Gallipoli

Contributed by RICHARD POLLARD


A Visit to Gallipoli – My Impressions


I visited Gallipoli (also known as Gelibolu in Turkish, from the Greek kallipolis “beautiful city”) on the west coast of Turkey towards the end of April this year. In fact it was the day before a huge cordon sanitaire was thrown around thPeninsula for the official 100 year commemorations, which included the visit by our own President

It was an overcast and windy day – maybe in keeping with the surroundings and tragedy of the place where in less than 9 months of 1915 and early 1916,nearly half a million men died, were wounded or evacuated as seriously sick.

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Joe Geoghegan, typo-spotter

Joe kindly pointed out to me the vast number of typos on the ABOUT page.
Thanks, Joe. I have revised the page now.
There are probably some typos there still, but all I can say is:

” The brian is so pfweroul, taht it can raed scntenees wtih mxied up wrods as lnog as the fsrit and lsat letetrs are in the rgiht palce.
But computers can’t do this…So, for reliable, very fsat weblinks to the places you wish to revisit, you should use (and it logs you in too, your passwords inculded ..) ”

David Hedigan R.I.P.

It is with great sadness that we report the recent passing of our esteemed former colleague, David Hedigan. David, always a gentleman, gracious and charming, was a widely known “face” of CTT, where he served for forty years until his retirement (from EI) in November, 2009. While widely known and regarded in the food sector, he was an experienced generalist too, and applied his multi-lingual skills to the development of Irish exports from a wide variety of clients at home and abroad and in particular in markets where he served as CTT Manager, including Paris, Milan and Brussels. In his latter career, apart from heading up the Food sector in CTT, he was deeply involved, in EI, in enterprise development policy and in North-South cooperation. We extend our condolences to his wife Susan and to the wider Hedigan family. RIP.

Programme for the year 2015


The Big Dinner, May 2015

2nd April at 19.00 hrs – Memorial Ceremony
Unitarian Church, St Stephen’s Green

20th May 18.30 hrs – AGM & Dinner
Royal Irish Yacht Club, Dun Laoghaire

July/August – Summer Event on the Cill Airne / River Liffey
Date to be confirmed

September – Golf Outing – date and venue to be confirmed
September- Lecture and visit to Hugh Lane Gallery, esp. to review stained glass and the work on Harry Clarke. Watch this space for further details.

Late September (date to follow)
Visit Kilkenny & Kilkenny Castle

Friday, 20th November – Nostalgia Night
Gleesons, Booterstown, Co Dublin

What you can (and cannot) do on this site, and how!

This new CTTALumni site is built on Word Press technology. (The previous site was built on proprietary technology and is now obsolete because it works only in Internet Explorer, though in many ways it offered more functionality than the new stuff..)

The site is available to all the public, for basic reading (including searching by Categories) on any computer and device. That should include mobile phones.For more than basic reading, you have to be a member. You become a member by filling out a short form, available under “Register” in the Login Panel, below right side. Membership is open to all ex-CTT/ITB staff. When you send the form in it will be reviewed briefly by your Editor (moi) and, if it is decided that the form is a genuine application it it will be accepted and activated, as soon as possible.
Members are currently enabled to provide Comments at the bottom of “posts” (these short articles) and also to Upload images to  the image Galleries. 

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Message from our Chairman…….

Guest post by Frank O’Conor, March 2015

Dear fellow Alumni,

Welcome to your Alumni website and to another year of intellectual and not so intellectual happenings being organized by your diligent, hardworking Committee. These events are currently being finalized and you should shortly be receiving details from our communications guru, Marjorie McHenry, either by email ( if we have your address ) or by post.

As you are aware, the Alumni was established following the merger of CTT and Forbairt in 1989 when a group of like minded CTT’ers decided to retain the wonderful hardworking, friendly and committed ethos which had existed in both CTT and The Irish Trade Board over many years.. To this end our Alumni was formed and has flourished since through interesting and fun filled events such as we are organizing for members this year. The wonderful turnout at out our 25th. Anniversary Dinner last year clearly indicates that we ( both Irish and our overseas colleagues ) do want to stay in touch. Your Committee therefore hopes that as many of you as possible will participate in some ( or all ) of these gatherings in 2015.

We are not an autocratic committee and would love to hear from members about what events they prefer and which new events should be considered. Your ideas – no matter how way out – would be very welcome.

Your Committee looks forward to meeting old friends and colleagues during this year.

May you have a peaceful and happy year, wherever you may reside.

Kindest personal regards,