23 September 2009
Alice and I flew to Dublin today for me to give the Ken McQuillan Memorial Address to the Irish Branch of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.
We stayed in an extremely comfortable hotel, the Radisson Royale, and were wonderfully looked after, throughout the visit by our hosts. Rather too well, as it turned out at lunchtime, when my old friend, barrister Michael Stimpson kindly invited us to the St. Stephenâ€™s Hibernian Club.
Fortunately, I recovered sufficiently to deliver the address, for which I had been invited but that, and the effort of delivering a paper a little longer than an hour, in combination with my medication, meant that I was unable to enjoy the dinner with the committee afterwards. In the event, apparently the feedback was that the talk went reasonably well although the jokes were not received as enthusiastically as they might well have been at a dinner where the guests would have been in a more amenable frame of mind.