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REGISTRATION Problem is now fixed

Thanks, and apologies, to those who emailed me to advise that the Registration procedure was not working.
As I advised elsewhere, we’ve been having pronblems with our operating system, Word Press, especially since we changed server a few months ago.
It is now fixed, I hope, so you should be able to register at “CTT members Register”, in red font, upper right side. Then your registration will be accepted withing hours, I hope, after we are sure it is not a spam registration. (I don’t believe we have any of those currently and all members are genuine ex-CTT personnel)

As for those who tried the Contact Us form. We will continue it for now, but these forms have become a real problem for website operators, as they are used for spreading junk by scammers and spammers. It is not easy to filter out the spam people
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Geoff MacEnroe R.I.P

We were shocked and saddened to hear of the recent passing of our old friend and colleague, Geoff MacEnroe, after a long and bravely-fought illness. A number of us attended his funeral service on video from Merrion Church. Were it not for covid restrictions many former colleagues would have been present at the grave.

Geoff served in CTT for many years, as Manager in Tokyo and later in Brussels, where his remit included the EU Commission “market” and in which he contributed greatly to the development of a high quality “brand” image for CTT and the Irish business sector. In between these posts he spent some years organising trade missions in far away regions of the planet with export potential, rather exotic places such as Mexico, Peru, Irak, Argentina, where the purpose and justification for trade missions was to get business, not just to “junket”. The success of these missions was due to the fact that Geoff went there as the advance party weeks, even a few months ahead, on his own, established a “popup” office, did research for each participant, made appropriate meetings for all companies in advance, and managed all aspects of the programme in great detail. Geoff was conscientious and scrupulous in his work, always aiming at the highest achievement standards.

Geoff served as a committee member and for some time as Chairman, of our Alumni Association. I doubt that he ever missed an event. He enjoyed the idea of keeping in touch with, and sometimes helping out, former colleagues, very much. Even after he left the committee, he often volunteered ideas and help, such as photos from the great old days of CTT. And, being a good player himself and maintaining excellent fitness, he ran the CTT tennis tournament every year until recently.

Geoff will be missed for many reasons and by all in CTT who worked with him. No doubt he is now in a good place, with his beloved son Mark.  Our deep condolences to his wife Sheila and his daughters Lisa and Jane

(A few more images related to Geoff are at https://www.netsso.com/visitordocs )

Become a Member of this site

 This web site has c. 90 signed up memebrs, all of them also members of the CTT Alumni Association. This means that app. 100 members of the Association are not signed up members here, so…you are invited to join!

To join, just register at  “CTT members Register” , upper right side of this page. Later members can login in the Login area lower right side

The benefits are not great, to tell the truth.  But every three posts or so, you will get an update notification straight from the website itself. Also, you will have the right to comment at the end of posts in the Comment box (To find it, double click the title of the post and see it open in a new window with Comment at the bottom). Also, you will have the right to  submit a Guest Post, over your name, subject only to Editors review of legal aspects

PS: Links from this server are not working well currently so links from the current posts must be displayed on the Netsso.com server, as you will see.. We’re trying to fix it or make new arrangements.

The Age of Video

The covid lockdown put the kybosh on the Alumni Programme of events and outings for this year (- so far, anyway), so the committee decided to check out the possibility of continuing communications in the cyber sphere, via video

Its been going very well. Marjorie McHenry has been doing programme management and John McGuire is video master, using the Zoom from his dining table. There have been two sessions so far, with 12 in attendance at the first and 16 at the second. I think John’s Zoom is limited to 12 at any one time, but that can be increased if the regular demand grows beyond that. (PS: The next session will be Tuesday 28 July at 4.30 Dublin time)

The tentative plan at the moment is to have one “all comers” Alumni session- that is, for anyone, any purpose, once per month. Marjorie will send out the date for that each month and anyone who would like to participate then sends his or her name to Marjorie or John, so that John knows who to send the meeting link to, usually the day before the session.

But there is also an idea, under development- or at least discussion- to have sessions for specific purposes, for example “regional” meetings- for example, any staff who served in Dusseldorf- or chat groups for particular agendas, such as…(pure examples !)… experience of doing consultancy in Bosnia,…trade mission to Bordeau for investing in this seasons grand crus…or…anything.

If you have any ideas about that, or just any ideas.. then please let the committee know, by emailing Marjorie, or John or Frank or (if you have become a “member” of this blog), just send your thoughts in the “info-box” at the bottom of this post. You’ll find that when you double click on the Title of this post and open it in  its own window. (To join as a member- very quickly- see the link in the upper right side of the Home page, in red). (Only members can comment/reply)

Apologies

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I have two Word Press sites on a server in a hosting data centre.   This one and my own blog BrianODOherty.ie. Both have been on the blink for over two weeks. I am told the problem. related to Word Press updating, it seems, is now fixed (but I think I will seek another host anyway). It means the next two posts  have been delayed

Apologies, especially to avid readers, both of you

Brian

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The small islands in trouble

Our former colleague (Paris office), David Doyle, now Ambassador of St. Kitts & Nevis to UNESCO, has been doing valiant work recently trying to line up international politicial and financial support for the small islands of the world, as they face the prospect of serious flooding from the rising seas of climate change in the coming decades. His recent letter to the Financial Times may be of interest

Sombre Nostalgia at the AGM

Our Chairman, Frank O’Conor was somewhat gloomy in his remarks at the 25th Annual General Meeting of our society, held in the Merrion Inn on November 29th. He estimated that the turn out for the AGM was somewhat lower, at c. 25, than in previous years, due no doubt to the ebbing of energies, the vagaries of age and space-time and the growing attractions, sadly, of the parallel universes. But, we all agreed, it was a high-quality turnout !

scrutinising accounts, 2019

The Happy News ! to report is that, after an excellent meal and goodish wines, the present committee all offered themselves for extended service, an offer accepted by the assembly unanimously. The Committee for 2020 comprises Frank O’Conor (Ch.), Marjorie McHenry, Rosemary Craig, Lorraine Egan, John McGuire, Julian Smith, Chris Wood and Brian O’Doherty. Interested former servants of the once-great CTT, residents of any part of the planet, are invited to volunteer to join this group.

It is the modest opinion of the editor of this web journal that, in view of age, physicalities and decline, we must use modern technologies in an effort to stay in touch and relevant from here on.; that is, we should attempt to extend to being a web-based community (with personal security, of course) Ideas from members along that line would be much appreciated.

Paul Hogan RIP

It is with great sadness that we have received the news of the passing of former CTT colleague, Paul Hogan. We offer deep condolences to his children and extended family.
Paul was one of the great characters of CTT, a man who made an exceptional contribution to the organisations standards and values. He was ambitious for CTT in its national responsibility for economic development and especialy for the promotion of design in our national and personal lives. He had much to do with the establishment of the Kikenny Design Workshops, the injection of Scandinavian and other foreign design talent into Irish industry and the raising of the quality of the offer from Irish indigenous industry on world markets. He later headed up the CTT Technical Assistance Programme, offering training in export development to many less developed countries.
He carried with great courage the pain and disability of a chronic wasting disease, never letting it impede the energetic delivery of his responsibilities and objectives in many parts of the globe.
Paul was a guy of action, pursuant to commitment, as seen in the spectacular, personally risky actions he took in London in 1956 to rescue the Hugh Lane art collection for the nation (which we remembered in this blog here). He was also a great actor, a talented mimic, wit and entertainer, having a fine creative mind and always an optimistic good humoured demeanour. He will be missed by very many admirers. May he Rest in Peace.

CTT Alumni Golf Outing, Autumn 2019

The Annual CTT Golf Outing took place at Carrickmines Golf Club on Friday 30 August in glorious sunshine and testy windy conditions.

The course provides wonderful views over Dublin Bay, the Hill of Howth and Bray Head. It is the home course of Don Briggs, Rose Mary Craig and Stephen Franck. These three luminaries were joined on the day by the usual golfing suspects: defending champion, John Lennon, Alan Dixon, Mary Cryan, Karen Rothwell, Liam Kelleher, Colin McCrea, Gerry Morrissey, Pat Maher, David Strahan and John McGuire – so a stellar field and the largest we have had in years!

The Co Wicklow slopes, very fast greens and narrow fairways provided a great test of golf for all. In the end, the Claret Jug was won by John McGuire, narrowly pipping Gerry Morrissey with Mary Cryan taking third position. All retired to the clubhouse afterwards for delicious Chicken Satay and various beverages. All were grateful to Don Briggs, who is the Club’s Honorary Secretary, for making all the arrangements at the Club.

Next year, the outing will be held at Dun Laoghaire Golf Club.

 

(Report and Photos by Golf Director, John McGuire)

 

Jonathan Ryan R.I.P.

We are deeply saddened to hear of the recent untimely passing of former colleague Jonathan Ryan

We offer a few words from Frank O’Conor, Chairman of the CTT Alumni Committee :

   The description ” Larger than Life ” is often applied when it is not fully justified but in Jonathan’s case it is most certainly warranted. Many tributes have been paid with the adjectives ” Great personality ” ” Life of the party ”   “Kind to and supportive of his  colleagues and staff “and ” professional ”  being just some of them.
   Jonathan served in Merrion Hall, Tokyo, Istanbul and  Shelbourne Rd. ( where he and I shared many a cigarette)  and worked  in the Software Dept. on his return to Dublin.
    He will be sadly missed at our various C T T  Alumni  events ( of which he was a great supporter ) and to Margaret and his family  we extend our very sincere condolences. May he rest in peace.

From Frank O’Conor, on behalf of the committee.”