December 2016

Hacked By SA3D HaCk3D

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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Long Live to peshmarga


KurDish HaCk3rS WaS Here

Great Nostalgia Night

It really was good. Held after the AGM, with an attendance of c. 60 ex colleagues, upstairs in the Merrion…very well organised by Barbara and Marjorie…The association donated a free drink to get everybody started, so to speak, and many then went on quite a long time. Quite correctly too because some had come a long way for the event.

There was a very good turnout from overseas, including Katrin Bernhardt and her husband Wolfgang Pietz from Germany and Anthony and Monica Cooney- haven’t aged a day !- Anne Tormey from the Cote d’Azure, Helmut Klissman from Germany and the Cote d’Azure and Katrin also has a house in Grasse, Cote-d’Azure…hey !- what’s the story on the Cote d’Azure…is it fashionable or something?…Maybe we need to form a branch there and meet up yearly for a week or two and take in the beach at Cannes, dine among the tall pines of the hills around Grasse and join the locals in their midnight opera singing (- for that’s what they do, believe me !) Great too to see Paul Sheridan all the way from Australia…Sorry, Paul, about the rugby result the following day.  I probably missed a few, as I was tucking into excellent food- really good and great value!. I just have a couple of photos, to give yall the flavour. Never mind the quality, feel the flavour.

AGM year 2016

A large group of members- many on their way to participate in Nostalgia Nite- attended the annual AGM held this year in an upstairs private room at the M1- Merrion Inn.

The Treasurers Accounts and Report for the Year was approved and adopted by the assembly, as it shows a continuing small surplus in spite of some small subsidies of members costs in attending some events during the previous 12 months. As a reward for his prudent management of the association’s financial resources, Dr. John McGuire had his term in office extended for a further year.

In the course of his wide-ranging and inspiring address to the meeting, our President appealed to wayward members to renew their commitment and especially their annual subscriptions of only €25 euros- €15 for overseas colleagues- preferably by bank standing order dated January each year. He also invited members to send in their ideas for  new activities to be organised under the auspices of the association, even specialist ideas., not necessarily appealing to a wide memebrship- such as poker nights- and not even involving physical meet ups- such as Book Clubs. As most of us get older – indeed most of us do – its important and healthy to keep socially engaged in activities of the sort which our association can organise or sponsor. In thinking of ideas, remember its the internet age and quite a lot of useful activity can be organised on-line, not even obliging you to get out of bed. Not surprisingly after a speech like that President Frank O’Conor received a standing ovation and his term of office was extended indefinately.

David and Donal

We belatedly note and remember with sadness the passing of two  former colleagues who left this realm in recent weeks- David Black on October 26 and Donal Gilligan on November 12. (A notice of these deaths went to all former colleagues by email, at the time)

David worked in CTT for many years as an Arab specialist, trading, opening markets for Irish companies in tough places such as Lybia and Iraq.  He later became a Director of the Irish-Arab Chamber of Commerce

Donal, aided by the late Sally Hillin, was largely responsible for CTT’s public image, in the days before the internet, being the producer and publisher of most of our printed copy, reports, event brochures, and other “hard copy” propaganda.

Gentlemen both of them and will be long remembered by those they worked with. RIP.

Technical Glitch- apologies

Sorry folks…due to the lack or expertise on the part of your Editor and the fact that our basic technology in this site- Word Press- was updated by the makers, there has been a little delay in updating reports on recent events. Seems it is fixed now, so we continue…