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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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Robert F. Kennedy d. June 5, 1968

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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Marjorie’s is charity, John’s is Yoga, Mine is Netsso…what’s yours?

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 !

 

Brian

What are they doing now– Profile John McGuire

 

As he approaches his 70th year, John McGuire is alive and well and living alone in Ranelagh in Dublin.  He is retired from full-time work since 2014 and still works part-time as a management consultant, Board member, stock trader, voluntary worker and yoga teacher.

From 2013 to 2016, he studied and trained to be a yoga teacher and now teaches at Yoga Dublin Studios in Ranelagh. Details of John’s yoga classes are available on his website at www.gentleyoga.ie  

In his free time, he plays golf off a handicap of 13 in Delgany Golf Club, Co Wicklow, he studies Italian at the Instituto Italiano di Cultura in Dublin, practices yoga daily at Yoga Dublin, walks a few times a week along the Dodder and travels mainly in Europe.

For the past four years, he has been walking segments of the Camino de Santiago in Northern Spain which is a distance of 791km from its origin in the South of France and he has still around 220 km to walk.

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Great fun at Nostalgia Nite

   This is one of the events not to miss ! . Always great fun and this year, November 24 th, was as good as any previously.

Fifty seven alumni attended- many first attending the 2017 AGM- the minutes of which are available by application to Chairman Frank- and superb food- a two course dinner !- was supplied in the Merrion Inn, upsatirs room. Treasurer John even allocated a free drink too, for all paid up members. Just a terrific evening. Great to meet Paul Sheridan, all the way from Australia and Anthony and Monica Cooney, regular attendees fr0m Cologne.  Don’t miss it next year, lads. ! (Thanks, Geoff, for the photos!)

(Sorry, lads…Maybe someone can tell me how to place these images two abreast??)