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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 )

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 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!

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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

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.

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.”

 

Nancy’s 90th at the George

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.

More activities- early notices

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.

 

 

2018 AGM Dinner report

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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Brilliant golf in the Dublin sun

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)

What are they doing now – H.E Ambassador David Doyle

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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