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Frank Loughlin R.I.P

We are sad to hear of the passing of our esteemed former colleague Frank Loughlin, Manager of the Transport & Shipping Section of CTT for many years.

One of the major impediments to the growth of exports from Ireland in CTT’s earlier years was the lack of regular, scheduled shipping connections to many of Irelands leading export markets.  In the pre-containerisation years of the sixties, and even the seventies, connections to the major American ports, for example, were usually no more frequent than fortnightly, or even monthly. Later, containerisation arrangements via Liverpool gradually became available.  But shipping to more distant markets remained  a matter for careful advance planning and expert advice, for which purpose Frank was the Go To person for many Irish exporters.  His expertise was also recognised by the Government who appointed him to the Board of the State-owned Irish Shipping Ltd.

Later, as the shipping situation eased with the growth of two way volumes, Frank’s logistical skills were deployed in the International Projects area of CTTs activities.(Our Chairman, Frank O’Conor, remembers  providing assistance to Frank when he arrived in Lagos supervising delivery arrangements for an enormous quantity of Irish Aluminium cookware for the Nigerian Military!).

As Frank sails to his final port-of-call, we extend our condolences to his wife Bernadette, children Aongus and Louise and families; and for Frank we pray that he may Rest In Peace.

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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.

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

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.