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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

Sombre Nostalgia at the AGM

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 !

scrutinising accounts, 2019

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.

It is the modest opinion of the editor of this web journal that, in view of age, physicalities and decline, we must use modern technologies in an effort to stay in touch and relevant from here on.; that is, we should attempt to extend to being a web-based community (with personal security, of course) Ideas from members along that line would be much appreciated.

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.

 

 

Another 5th year Gala Evening… July 10…Diary it now!

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.
Reply to: marjoriemchenry@outlook.com or call/text 087 2477784

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

(Please click to read Franks speech in the continuation page)

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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)