Fawltless, Towering display at TCH gala

ERUDITE jester John Cleese, of Fawlty Towers and Monty Python fame, entertained key players in the Irish business and media worlds at the Thomas Crosbie Holdings (TCH) annual dinner in the company’s flagship headquarters on Cork’s South Mall last night.

Among the guests enthralled by the internationally renowned comedian, writer and actor, were British ambassador David Reddaway and Senator David Norris.

They were joined by UCC president Dr Michael Murphy and Church of Ireland Bishop of Cork Paul Colton.

TCH chairman Alan Crosbie and board members Ted Crosbie, Billy Crosbie and Tom Crosbie were also in attendance.

Mr Cleese and his wife Alice Faye were obviously moved when TCH group managing director Anthony Dinan presented Mr Cleese with a specially commissioned and beautiful once-off suite of Waterford wine glasses engraved with “Erudite Jester” inscriptions and motifs.

Celebrating the former Monty Python’s comedy and business careers, two opposing motifs depicted a dancing jester in full regalia — the comedian at work — and a seated jester with hat removed studying a piece of text — the scholar.

Brigadier General Pat Hayes, Commodore Frank Lynch, Cork Chamber President Joe Gantly, assistant garda commissioners Ray McAndrew, Cork county manager Martin Riordan and Cork city manager Joe Gavin were also among the guests.

It was also a night of memories for a host of Allied Irish Bank executives who made a nostalgic return to the former AIB Bank building on the corner of the South Mall and Parnell Place.

AIB regional manager Ted Foley and AIB Capital Markets managing director Frank O’Riordan led the company delegation.

Bank of Ireland’s Rob Breathnach and Ulster Bank’s Tom Leahy were also there.

The Lord Mayor of Cork Cllr Michael Ahern and Lady Mayoress Eileen Ahern also enjoyed the magnificent dinner in the refurbished banking hall.

Business legends Pat Dineen, Dr Michael Conlon, George Mansfield, Owen O’Callaghan and Mark Whittaker were others enjoying the celebrations.

Also present were a large number of Irish media executives including Irish Examiner editor Tim Vaughan, Sunday Business Post editor Cliff Taylor and chief executive Fiachra O’Riordan, Broadcasting Commission of Ireland’s Michael O’Keeffe, TG4 boss Pol O’Gallchoir, the Roscommon Herald’s Brian Nerney, Webprint’s Donagh O’Doherty, the Western People/Sligo Weekender’s Brian Feeney, the Irish Farmers Journal’s Frank Grogan, TCH group marketing manager Colin Walsh and Datascope’s Kevin Mitchell.

Prominent business people including solicitors Richard Martin and Nicholas Comyn of Ronan Daly Jermyn, while renowned broadcaster Dermot Mullane also enjoyed the night.

Southern Advertising’s Manus O’Callaghan and Kay McGuinness and O’Sullivan PR managing director Ann-Marie O’Sullivan were also on hand to enjoy Mr Cleese’s highly entertaining after-dinner address.

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