People-Places

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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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

 

New Winners of CTT Alumni Tennis Cup in 2016

ctt-tennis-2016After very competitive semi final matches at Fitzwilliam on 2 September, Marion Kirwan and Colum MacDonnell won a close final.

Photo of winners and runners up (L to R): Aileen Butler, Colum MacDonnell, Marion Kirwan and Breege Kennedy.

(Submitted by Tennis Director, Geoff MacEnroe)

Quality Chat at Thirsty Thursday Jan. 2016

Thirsty Thurs. Jan 2016

Geoff MacEnroe (2nd right) kindly submitted this report:

Richard, Frank, Sean, Martin and myself discussed the wonderful years spent at Lansdowne House and Merrion Hall, including the evacuation from Beirut office during the 1970’s and our contacts with prominent Irish business men including, Tony O’Reilly, Michael Smurfit and Sean Quinn.

Outings organised by the Alumni Committee in recent years remembered included the visit to Congreve Gardens in Waterford, New Grange and Titanic Quarter in Belfast. It was felt that if outings to Kilkenny and the Irish National Stud in Kildare were organised in 2016, they would be well attended.

It was agreed that as far as TTT evenings in the Merrion Inn are concerned, “Size doesn’t Matter” Quality is more important than Numbers attending.

A good show at Nostalgia Nite

The c. 50 locals who turned up at the enjoyable Nostalgia Nite, Merrion Inn on Nov 20 were delighted to see again the strong attendance by our Dusseldorf colleagues, who flew in for the occasion from Germany and France (- where Katrin is now living and working as a local politician, et al). Our special thanks to these ladies for their “loyalty “!.

The room upstairs in the pub worked out real well and the eats were very tasty and plenty of them. Well done Marjorie and Barbara for your organisation of the event.

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“Nostalgia Nite” reverts to the M-Inn

“Lets Get Together” A big effort is being made for this year’s Nostalgia Night, with the venue reverting to our spiritual home at the Merrion Inn on Friday 20th November. The M1 has agreed to give us the private room upstairs, hence we want to encourage a good attendance. It’s always a thoroughly enjoyable informal gathering and the casual format is the perfect platform to mingle and reminisce.

So, do come along and encourage others to join you. About 60+ normally attend this annual knees-up. Kick off is from 6.30 and finger food (compliments of your Association) will be served at 7.30 pm. We need to get a head count so please notify re your likely attendance to Marjorie at mmhenry@travel4change.ie or by clicking the headline of this post and adding a Comment in the box on the next page.

Successful first Thirsty Thursday


The next informal gathering will be on Thursday October 15, 6-8 @ Merrion Inn

re People and Places

   Readers:  if you search Categories/ People, Places, you will find some stories about ex-CTT people/places, usually contributed by guest posters. You are invited to contribute also!. Stories from the past or current lives or activities of our former colleagues would be welcome. Preferably with 2 or 3 images and generally under a thousand words please. If you think you might have something of interest, just send me a message at ContactUs, (link top of this page)

Brian

The CTT man who made the Tate famous

Published in The Independent, London, Friday, 22 May, 2015

Arts + Ents > Art > Features

‘We didn’t really think we’d get away with it’: The astonishing story of how two young Irish men completed an audacious £7m art heist

Paul Hogan thief

 

The painting ‘Jour D’Ete’ as was stolen from the Tate Gallery in London, 14 April 1956

In 1956 Paul Hogan shocked the world by unhooking an Impressionist masterpiece from a wall in the Tate and carrying it calmly out of the gallery

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