The Annual Golf Outing was held in glorious sunshine at Dun Laoghaire Golf Club on Thursday, 17 September. There was the usual strong field of seasoned players and, given the difficulty of the course, all the hot money was on one of the Dun Laoghaire members to seize the Claret Jug. Local members included Mary Cryan, Alan Dixon, Liam Kelleher, Martin McCarthy and Malachy Scally and accounted for almost half the total field. Liam almost did it with a great score of 36 Points but he was pipped at the post by Lisheen Falls member, Gerry Morrissey with a whopping 38 Points. Rathfarnham’s Gillian O’Donnell was third with 29 points. The other players, not already mentioned, were Peter Bennett, Don Briggs, Karen Rothwell and John McGuire. After the game, all dined safely outside watching the dusk descend on the mountains in the distant landscape while quaffing their favourite beverage to replenish the body and mind after a great test of golf enjoyed in wonderful company.
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 !
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.
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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.
Anniversary Gala Evening
After a very successful and hugely popular 25th Anniversary Gala Evening, we had many requests for a repeat performance in 5 years’ time. 5 years have now passed (yes really!), it is time for another celebration of what was for many of us the best years of our working lives.
The venue remains the Thomas Prior room in the Clayton Hotel, Ballsbridge. Further details will follow – but please start to make plans to attend now. We ran out of space last time, so book early if you want a night’s celebration with all those great CTT characters and their stories.
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Visit to Charleville House & Gardens, Enniskerry
First owned by the Monck family since 1702 and then Donald Davies (of dress fame), it is now the home of Mr and Mrs Ken Rohan
The present house dates from the 1830’s and contains a magnificent collection of Irish furniture and paintings. The extensive gardens are breath-taking.
Meet at Whelan’s restaurant, the Silver Tassie, Loughlinstown , Co Dublin at 12.00pm for lunch (own expense) and depart by car at 2pm for Charleville, followed by tea in Rose Mary Craig’s house in Enniskerry village, which is also home to Enniskerry Gallery Antiques.
Cost: €15 per person (entrance fee to Charleville House).
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Here’s a link to a video of the gardens.. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YWQGK9lo9tg
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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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 !)
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)
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.