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
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.
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.”
The Royal St. George Yacht Club, Dun Laoghaire saw one of the biggest ex-CTT turn outs for years recently, to celebrate the 90th birthday of the one and only Nancy Downes. Great organisation work by Rosemary and Marjorie, who deserve our thanks
Nancy looked great, as young as anyone there. It must be the result of years of voice-recognition training for the brain.
Many Happy Returns, Nancy, and come back to the George for the hundredth !
NOTE: Thanks to the work by Peter Bennett, we have a whole album of photos of the occasion- 62 photos- taken on the night. You’ll find them in the special Nancy Birthday Gallery, linked from the top of this page.
29th November 2019
Pre-Christmas Get Together with AGM
at The Merrion Inn from 18.30 hrs.
30th August 2019
CTT Alumni Annual Golf Outing will take place in Carrickmines Golf Club
on Friday, 30th August 2019. John McGuire will be in touch with the
golfers nearer the date.
There was a reasonably good turnout of members of the Alumni Association for the combined Annual General Meeting and Nostalgia Nite at the Merrion Inn on November 30. Thirty four attendees enjoyed excellent food and a lot of fun at this Marjorie McHenry-organised event. It was good to welcome overseas ex-colleagues from Germany, Austria and Australia, all looking fine and healthy!
Treasurer, Dr. John McGuire gave a report on the association’s financial situation, which is reasonably healthy, though in need of some booster subscriptions from members. The report was approved by the assembled members.
Chairman Frank O’Conor gave a stirring and inspiring speech, in which he reviewed the highlights of the year. Philip Regan retired from the committee and Chris Wood rejoined it. We are glad to reproduce Franks speech below, only slightly edited for GDPR reasons
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The annual golf outing took place on 18 September at Elm Park golf club on a lovely sunny, balmy day. It was the day before storm Ali hit our shores so there was a good bit of advance wind which made conditions challenging. There was the usual small field consisting of eight players – Gerry Morrissey, Karen Rothwell, Don Briggs, Liam Kelleher, John Lennon, Alan Dixon, David Strahan and John McGuire.
John Lennon, playing off a 13 handicap, played wonderful golf on the front nine, shooting seven pars to score 22 points and sail into a commanding lead. The back nine proved to be a more difficult test and he went on to add a further 15 points for a total of 37 points to win easily from John McGuire and Alan Dixon who finished second and third respectively.
The Claret Jug was presented to John in the clubhouse afterwards whilst the others drowned their sorrows in pints of beer and fine red wine.
(Report by Golf Director, John McGuire)
At 66 years old, David Doyle is enjoying his second, or perhaps, his third career.
After some 40 plus years in France, David is still professionally active as a diplomat, living near Paris, with his Belgian-born wife, Pascale.
How he got to being assigned to, and retained in, Paris, is a long story!
David started his career at CTT in Dublin back in November 1974, straight out of university and went in to serve at the CTT office in Paris mid-1975 to end 1977. “I worked with David Strahan, Bernard Rogan and the late Damon Pollard, at an exciting time in CTT’s quest to diversify trade promotion efforts away from one over-reliant export market”.
His career after CTT Paris took David on a journey over the ensuing 37 years as a diplomat to a number of International Organisations, spanning the OECD, the European Parliament and, more recently, UNESCO.
He currently serves as the Ambassador and Permanent Delegate of the Caribbean state of St. Christopher (St. Kitts) & Nevis to UNESCO – a Commonwealth small island developing state, independent since 1983.
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I shook hands with Robert F, Kennedy 50 years ago today, June 4, 1968, on Market St., San Francisco, where he was canvassing for the Presidency. He was murdered the following day, June 5, in the Ambassador Hotel, Los Angeles, almost directly opposite our (CTT-Irish Export Board) office.
The shock, the horror, the mourning was as deep and widespread as that which followed his brother JFK’s murder in 1963. It was not only the loss of a fine, brave campaigner for human rights and justice, but it felt like the sudden end of all dreams of a more civilised world order.
A little over 300 years earlier, in Ireland, the tragic death of Owen Roe O’Neill opened the way for Cromwellian genocide against our people, and changed the course of Irish history, from being a nation with, in all likelihood, our own overseas territories, like all other European nations at the time, to one of wretched emigration, cannon fodder in others’ armies and even slavery. The exploitation of and discrimination against the Irish (Catholics) continued in parts of the anglophone world, including the US, right up to the mid twentieth century, to the uplifting by the Kennedys, one might say. The loss of Jack and Bobby was a real loss of leadership by Irish and Irish-Americans.
The Kennedys were well versed in Irish history and seemed to regard Owen Roe as the greatest leader of the past. They usually mentioned Owen Roe when making Irish historical references. In particular they could recite or quote from the poem, the “Lament for Owen Roe” by Thomas Davis which describes the loss to the Irish people, occasioned by his death. Bobby recited the whole poem in a speech to the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick in Scranton Pa, in his first public engagement after Jacks death, in March 1964. It finishes:
We’re sheep without a shepherd,
when the snow shuts out the sky;
Oh! why did you leave us, Owen?’
Why did you die?
(The full speech is at http://www.netsso.com/sso/download/03-17-1964-Scranton-Bobbys-speech-Owen-Roe.php )
We Irish have not produced leaders of the calibre of the Kennedys or Owen Roe O’Neill, in the last 100 years or so of our “independence”. With the possible exception of Garrett Fitzgerald. Owen Roe is not even commemorated by the current lot, which seem to think Irish history commenced at the GPO (although we still commemorate in squares and buildings some of the most genocidal chaps from the other side) (Owen Roe led his Ulster Catholic Army to rescue the Cromwellian Protestants of Derry from a damaging siege mounted by English Loyalists in 1649, his last action before becoming ill and dying…The proposed roadway from Monaghan to Derry should be named after him!)…
In the late 1970s, I was introduced to Bobby’s widow in an elevator high up in the Chicago Merchandise Mart, where I was scouting for a new Mid-West office for CTT. We chatted for c. five minutes. She was absolutely lovely. She mentioned that she had come from Washington where, the previous evening, she attended a reception in the Irish embassy to introduce the Opposition Leader, Garrett Fitzgerald. She was delighted to report, and quite astonished, that over two thirds of the US Senate turned out to meet him.
Sirhan, the Palestinian patsy, didn’t kill RFK. He was in front of Bobby, who was shot from behind. Bobby’s son, Robert Kennedy Jnr, a activist lawyer in the Kennedy tradition- especially against vaccination abuse- spent quite a lot of time interviewing Sirhan in jail and doing other research and has called for a reopening of the investigation into his father’s murder (http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2018/05/27/robert-f-kennedy-jr-says-s-not-convinced-sirhan-sirhan-killed-his-dad.htm)
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Most of us are retired but many of us are still very active. (The Japanese, I hear, are moving the retirement age up to 75…and why not?)
I’m still trying to knock Evernote out of the market. With my Netsso.com. A billion dollar company. (Evernote, that is..)
John is a devotee of yoga and experienced and trained in it for many years.
These are our main things.
What’s your main thing, the thing that absorbs much of your awake time, and forces you out of the bed in the morning? Maybe doing major charity work? Or writing/ publishing? Or still working full time , at a new business, or … Whatever it is, if you’d like to let us know, we can give you a little profile and, if relevant, an advertising banner at the side of the page.
Johns profile below and the banner- if I can make it properly- is an example of what we can try to do for you.
So, let us know…And don’t be surprised if one of your former colleagues might have good suggestion or proposal for you !