Events

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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Great day out on the Barge

Our photo- thanks to Rosemary !- shows Denis and Selma Harrington, Tom Mulligan and the rest of the gang of about 35 who turned up for an enjoyable sail on the canal barge in July. Because of canal works to the west, we took the easterly route and a wee look at Dublin Bay before an excellent lunch on board. Nice to meet Michael Brennan there (the property developer from East Africa), and long time ago old colleague, Philip Mooney, formerly US, now Wicklow-based well known dealer in Irish bank shares.(He got out before your Editor !)

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)

Don’t forget Nostalgia Nite !

Always the best night of the year, this year Nostalgia Nite will be on Friday, November 30, at the place where great plans were laid to save the economy when at the depths of its distress..the M1, Merrion Inn.

Marjorie will provide details to all CTT Alumni email list this week, but indications are that the AGM will begin at 6.45 pm, Drinkies at 7.30 and a great meal at 8.15.

A big attendance is expected. Paul Sheridan has already booked his flight from Australia ! The committee requests, kindly, that you indicate your likely attendance to a committee member in advance, (preferably well in advance), so that a suitable supply of quality food can be booked.

Do not let this opportunity pass, etc. Dress nicely. Blasphemy not permitted at tables.

Summer-Winter Events

 

 

Summer Barbeque Lunch  On the Canal Boat Restaurant

Friday, 27 July 2018

From 1 p.m. (13.00 hrs)  to 4 p.m. (16.00 hrs)

Boarding at 1 p.m. we will cruise silently on the eco-friendly (battery operated) barge along the canal through the centuries old locks, which are still operated by hand.

Find Us at Mespil Road by Baggot Street Bridge

The cost per person is €30 for members (you can pay your membership on the day) or €40 for spouses/partners.

Please contact Marjorie on 087 2477784 or email marjoriemchenry@outlook.com to book your place. 

 

 

September Golf Challenge…… Tuesday Sept. 18, at 4.30

 

At Elm, Park Golf Club, Nutley Lane, Dublin 4

Golf Director John McGuire advises that the reduced green fee will be €40 per player. Three or four three balls are expected to play.

(More exactly, three time slots booked, to accomodate 9-12 players)

Afterwards there will be prize-giving and dinner. Each pays his own dinner.!

John needs to confirm numbers so please contact him at  DRJohnFMcGuire@GMail.com

 

 

Annual Big Fest…the one and only NOSTALGIA NITE

Scheduled for  24 November, Merrion Inn…

 

 

 

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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Get to Enniskillen to see Alf !

I was surprised and delighted recently to receive a flyer from the Donegal Historical Society promoting  an interesting local history session in Killybegs, on the topic of early Irish christianity, and especially the design of early crosses and iconography. (I have a theory that the first stone crosses were actually Viking !) (But you know me..)

The expert lecturer in Killybegs was none other than our old friend and colleague Alf Monaghan, promoter of Irish exports to the Danish (and Icelandic and Greenland ) markets and later senior economic adviser to the Curacao and then  other governments.  Alf was team leader of multi million dollar economic development projects , for many years, in places such as Egypt and Syria, where he developed an interest in  and studied early Christian/ Coptic religions.

He tells me he has lectured in about 50 different places in Ireland in recent years, on aspects of the early Christian church in this country, its origins before St. Patrick and , especially, its connections to the Middle and Near East. And with impressive conviction!

His next lecture will be in Enniskillen on October 27 and I strongly recommend it. Here’s a link to some information  about it and something about Alf himself, and his very supportive aide, wife Mary. 

I invite Alf to use this site to keep us informed about his lectures. Maybe we can make a side-bar banner for him to promote the activity. And, the same banner offer is open to all ex-CTT colleagues to use in promoting their own current major activity or interest.

The tennis guys get older and fitter

 

There’s only a few of them. But they’re fanatic ! They turn out every year, looking younger than ever and, I hear, playing great tennis.

This year the CTT Alumni Championship, at Fitzwilliam, September 1, was marked by a new entrant, Lorraine Egan and a first time winner Michael Schutz. The photo shows doubles winners Rita O’Reilly and Michael Schutz and runners up Marion Kirwan and Aileen Butler

 

Events to look forward to

 Here’s the short but good fun programme for this year, so far. (Golf and tennis will also be on the menu, but arrangements to be confirmed by John and Geoff)

 

May 23: Visit to the battle of the Boyne site.

 

 

 

 

Details (transport, et) to be confirmed. But, anyway, please signal your interest by emailing Contact Us on this site

 

 

 

July 28:   Midsummer B B Q on the Cill  Airne on the River Liffey 


 

 

 

 

Details, content , etc will follow soon. Watch this space. Always good fun, this one.

 

 

 

 

 

November 24 :   Nostalgia Night at the Merrion Inn

 
The best way to prepare for (or even skip) Christmas. A powerful night. We even nhave overseas visitors, regularly. And if you’re looking for existential meaning, loads of it here

 

 

Details for all of these are to be confirmed. But the dates are set, so you can place them in your diaries. And please signal you interest in attending by “reaching out” via Contact Us, the menu item atn the top of the Home page.

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.