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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)

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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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??)

Kathleen Fitzgerald R.I.P.

    We remember with sadness the recent passing of Kathleen, a wonderful person in CTT and later IDA, and a strong and active supporter of our Alumni Association

Roscommon born and bred, Kathleen joined CTT in 1960 as a member of the typing pool, working for 2/3 marketing advisors.  Her efficiency soon became apparent and when Michael Killeen became CEO, she became his secretary and eventually his P.A.  When Michael moved to IDA, in the late sixties, she transferred with him, eventually taking  on a marketing role, involving extensive travel, especially to the US.

She lived with her sister in Mount Merrion and on retirement became a very keen golfer.  Until her health deteriorated some years ago she was also very involved in the CTT alumni association. 

On her death, her remains were returned to Roscommon.

We offer our condolences to her sister, wider family and friends. May she Rest In Peace

The passing of three former colleagues, friends, great people

As time marches on, it seems we receive news more frequently of former colleagues who have

passed through to the better place. Sadly,in the recent few weeks, we have had such reason to

remember Sally Scott, Paddy Jordan and Maureen Frawley

 

 Sally Scott was widely loved and admired, both in her many years in CTT/ Head Office and later, as a

regular attendee of Alumni events. The following memorial is supplied by Marjorie McHenry, Anne

Kennedy and Nancy Downes:

Sally came to CTT when the Whiskey Campaign was launched (early 1960s).  Sean Gallagher was in

charge and Biddie Greene was involved.  Sally worked to Biddie for the campaign.  They got on

so well that Sally, Biddie, Nancy and Clodagh Doyle planned a ski holiday together.  They were

invited up to Sally’s mother’s house every Sunday to prepare for the holiday where they

practised their moves and knitted fairisle jumpers.  Unfortunately Sean was unable to let

Biddie take the  time off, so they went without her.  Arriving in Kitzbuehl, they were treated

like VIPs in the hotel because Peter Needham, then CTT-Germany manager got wind of their plans

and sent a case of wine to the hotel.  Also a beautiful bunch of flowers arrived for Clodagh

from an anonymous admirer (so she said and then marred him).
 
Sally worked for Michael Clarke for many years.  She also worked for Sheila Hussey and Martin

Sheridan and later with Gerry O’Brien and Paula Keogh – tied into the Exhibitions Department

headed by Percy Lovegrove. Here she showed real CTT spirit – get the show on the road no  matter

what.
 
Her love for her “boys” (her three poodles) was well known.  At the Summer barbeque when

talking to Marie Gill and Nancy, she announced she was going to get a new dog – her three walks

a day were auspicious, as her friends in the neighbourhood missed her and raised the alarm. Sally knew the local business people well – she useto bring around Christmas lunch for the

guys who had to work in her local garage!  Sally was a “real trooper”

 

Paddy Jordan joined CTTY in 1963 and was posted to the New York office to work under Dan

Scully. Fintan Keogh worked with him there and tells me:

“Paddy and I shared a small office in the Irish Consulate building, 33 E 50th street. Our boss was

“Mr. Scully.”  Paddy and I shared a broad portfolio of product sectors. . I don’t know how successful

we were but we spent happy times together. He loved to pull the odd prank not least on our exceedingly

tolerant boss !

I can’t recall dates but Paddy then moved back to Dublin and must have been one of the first

into Paris for a few years before moving up to Brussels office. After 3/4 years he was back in

Dublin and later joined Lissadel Towels. He then moved to CII after about 4/5 years.He made his

mark in the Food and Drinks section and of course was instrumental in getting CII companies to

sponsor young graduates to gain work experience and language skills across Europe.

Paddy was an accomplished pianist and church organist”

 

For those who haven’t already seen it, an obituray appeared in last weeks Irish Times. Here is

a link to it, but apologies for the reproduction. and right-click to choose Rotate to read it

upright!

 

 

Maureen Frawley worked in our New York office from the late 1970s to, I believe, the nineties.

She was alsways the smiling, helpful and modest member of staff (and totally reliable and

efficient). One of those people you love to have on a team and who seems able to absorb any

stress calmly and pleasantly. At the time, I was aware that Maureen had a connection to the

theatre/ acting profession, but she never talked about it, never promoted herself. But in fact,

Maureen was an accomplished musician, a gold-medal winning  singer at an early age, a choirist,

with the Pan-Am and other choirs, an actress, on famous stages and, along with her husband

Bernard, a performer and collaborator with some of the greatest personalities in theatre in 

the US and elsewhere for most of her life. (Thanks to Biddy Greene for help with this)

 

This was described beautifully in her eulogy by her daughter Oonagh, at her burial in Blainroe,

Co. Wicklow recently. A copy of it is placed in our archive, and you can access it via this

link.

We rememebr them with sadness and joy. May they rest in peace. RIP.