On Thursday 14 November members, stakeholders, Council, past presidents, Higher Certificate lecturers and staff gathered to Celebrate 100 years of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport as a global organisation. As well as those mentioned above, we were delighted to have tables on the evening representing Irish Rail, Port of Cork, Bus Eireann, Irish International Freight Associated and Universal Media. Over 130 individuals attended the dinner for a drinks reception, dinner, speeches and catch up with old friends and associates.
CEO Mick Curran warmly welcomed all to the Goldsmith’s Hall in the Radisson Blu Hotel, Golden Lane in Dublin’s south city centre. President Tim Daly spoke about seeing so many members and colleagues on the evening and wished all a fantastic night. The microphone was then handed over to MC for the evening Kieran Ring who outlaid the nights celebrations and thanked the Eastern Section for their invitation. Special guest speaker on the night was Neill McDonnell CEO of ISME the independent representative association for Small and Medium Enterprises. Neill gave an insightful speech in relation to the Institute, the future of the country and the opportunities available to us by being part of CILT.
On the evening we were also joined by Chris Markey Chair of CILT UK Thames Valley Group. The Eastern Section are twinned with Thames Valley who in September this year Richard Butler joined the group in their home town for a meet, exchange of ideas to and build relationships between the two groups.
Our Northern Ireland counterparts Pamela Dennison, Nick McCullough, Ken Davis and Jamie Shaw also attended. We were very happy to have the four branch members here to Dublin as they have been so inviting to CEO Mick Curran in relation to the Northern Ireland dinner these last few years.
Individuals from the Department of Transport Ray O’Leary and Clair Martinez were also in attendance.
Special thanks to Richard Butler and Bassey Duke, Chair and Vice Chair respectively of the CILT Eastern Section for all their organisation in the background of the event. To the MC Kieran Ring and guest speaker Neill McDonnell. To Irish Rail, Port of Cork, Bus Eireann, Irish International Freight Associated and Universal Media who all supported the event and purchased a table. To Stena Line for their generous prize they donated. Finally, to CILT staff who helped organise the event, there is a massive amount of preparation that goes on behind the scenes to get a dinner like this to fruition.