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1) 6th February 1960 18 Bryansburn Road, Bangor, Co. Down - Dear Mr. Ryan, When I entered our livingroom this morning, Margaret, who had been up before me, exclaimed - "Our friend Mr. Ryan has been promoted" Naturally I thought she referred to further advancement for you in the U.T.V. Executive. However on referring to the Paper, which she reached to me, I was equally delighted to learn of the latest recognition of your services to the Order of St. John. Margaret & I are thrilled to know that you have been elevated to the high & important grade of Commander. We send you our hearty and sincere congratulations and good wishes. Yours very truly, Francis McAuley(?)
2) 16 Howard Street, 31st May 1962 - Dear Mr. Ryan, I was delighted to hear from Mr. Bain(?) just now of your step up. I send my very sincere congratulation to you. Yours sincerely Max Maccabe
3) 4th June 1962 National Association of Transport Employees, 33 Parnell Square, Dublin - Personal, Dear Mr. Ryan, First let me reiterate my congratulations on your promotion and to wish you not only future success, but also to wish you future and further advancement. Next I thank you for your help in regard to the "meeting" of the 15th instant, and I have, as requested "R.S.V.P.'d" I am enclosing some correspondence, which you might be interested in seeing and before you return it, perhaps you will let out (our) mutual friend see it also, as his help was invaluable, and I look forward to seeing him personally and giving my personal thanks, and congratulations. sincerely H. Waring
4) 5th June 1962 Ulster Transport Authority - Dear Bertie, Hearty congratulations and best wishes for the future in your new position of Public Relations Officer, Yours sincerely George R.
5) 6th June 1962 U.T.A. Appointment For Press Information
6) Information Service, Stormont Castle, Belfast  June 6th 1962 - My Dear Bertie, It gave me very great pleasure to hear from you today of your elevation. I am delighted & hope that you will go on from success to success. Every good wish & again congratulations. Yours truly Tony(?)
7) Ulster Television Limited, Havelock House, Ormeau Road, Belfast  7th June 1962 - Dear Bertie, Congratulations on your appointment as Public Relations Officer. I wish you much joy in the post now you have officially joined the PR clan. Kindest regards, Yours sincerely, S. Gordon Duffield, Publicity Manager
8) 18 Bryansburn Road, Bangor, Co. Down 7th June 1962 - Dear Bertie, Margaret & I are delighted to learn from this mornings Press of your well merited promotion. Very hearty congratulations and our good wishes for all possible success in your new appointment. Warm regards to Chris & you. very sincerely Francis
9) Borough Council of Bangor, Town Hall, The Castle, Bangor, Northern Ireland  7th June 1962 - Personal, Dear Bertie, I was very delighted to learn from the morning paper of your appointment as your Authority's Public Relations Officer and I wish you every possible success in your new position. Needless to say, if at any time I can help you I shall be only too pleased. Yours sincerely, Alex (Alex. McClenahan)
10) Draft - Ulster Transport Authority, 21 Linen Hall Street, Belfast 8th June 1962 - The Editor, Dear, I have been appointed Public Relations Officer of the Authority in succession to Mr. R. Carlisle who took over his new duties as Commercial Manager on the 1st June. As Assistant to Mr. Carlisle these past two years, I know with what care and interest, as the Authority's first P.R.O., he laid the foundation of, and built up, a fund of goodwill and cordial relationship with all sections of the community. I am also aware how much he valued the friendship and co-operation he enjoyed at all times from his friends in the newspaper world, a fact which he acknowledges as having made a vast contribution to the improvement in the relations between the public and the Authority. In my new position I hope to maintain the high standard set by my predecessor and it will be a great help to me to know I can expect, and I will try to merit, the same measure of co-operation and friendship so generously accorded to Mr. Carlisle by the Press. Recently I have been dealing with newspapers in the day-to-day dissemination of news and other information on the Authority's activities, and it is proposed to make no change in this arrangement since it seems to work well. I can still be contacted in my office ('phone Belfast 21271) or at home ('phone Holywood 3162) and, if I am not available, Mr. Stanley Minnis will act for me - his home 'phone number is Helens Bay 3192. I hope you will hot hesitate to contact me at any time you consider I could be of assistance in supplying information concerning any matters pertaining to the Authority, when I can assure you of my best attention. Yours sincerely,
11) Coras Iompair Eireann, Department of the Information Officer, Kingsbridge, Dublin 8th June 1962 W. A. Ryan, Esq., Public Relations Officer, Ulster Transport Authority, 21 Linen Hall Street, Belfast - Dear Bert, It gave me great pleasure to read in this morning's Irish Times that you have at last been officially appointed to the job you have been doing for so long. Your friends in Dublin are very pleased indeed and you can count on our continued whole-hearted co-operation. Can we celebrate the next time you are in Dublin? Sincerely Bob, R. McElheron. Heartiest Congratulations! Frank(?) Me too! Mac(?)

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1) The County Donegal Railways, Stranorlar, Lifford, Co. Donegal  8th June 1962 - Dear Bert, Congratulations on your appointment as Public Relations Officer for the Authority. This was one occasion when my forecast to you was correct, and you have my best wishes for the future. In regard to the opening of the Transport Museum on the 15th instant, I received an official invitation and may say that I was looking forward to being present. Unfortunately, we have 20 claims for compensation under the Railways Act, 1933, and they have been with the Standing Arbitrator for some months now. I am advised that they will be heard on the 15th and 16th instant and I am afraid that I shall have to attend in Dublin rather than Belfast - much to my disappointment. Best wishes, yours sincerely, ? ?  W. A. Ryan, Esq., Public Relations Officer, Ulster Transport Authority, 21 Linenhall Street, Belfast 2
2) Road Transport & General Insurance Co. Ltd., 4 Howard Street, Belfast  8th June 1962 - My dear Bertie, I was delighted to read in the newspaper yesterday that you have been appointed Public Relations Officer to the Ulster Transport Authority in succession to Mr. Carlisle. I can think of nobody more ideally suited to this position and I am sure that you will make a great success of it. As I shall be leaving here on the 1st July to take an appointment in England I shall not be able to write you any rude letters about the inefficiency of the Ulster Transport - which of course it is not! - but no doubt there are many people in Northern Ireland who will be quite prepared to do this job for me. Very kind regards, Yours sincerely, Leonard ? Branch Manager
3) 122 Silchester Park, Glenageary, Co. Dublin 8th June 1962 - Dear Bertie, I was delighted to read this morning of your appointment, if anybody deserved such an appointment it is you!!! When I think of the long years you have waited for this practical recognition of the value of your "public relations" contacts, my heart does not feel too warm towards the old organisation that took so much and gave so little! However, truth will out and the UTA will not regret their action! Best wishes to you both, yours sincerely Max
4) Belfast Corporation Transport Department, Utility Street, Belfast 8th June 1962 - Personal, Dear Mr. Ryan, Please accept my congratulations and good wishes on your new appointment. I am quite sure you are very well qualified by experience and temperament to carry out the very difficult task of trying to satisfy everyone who uses public transport of any kind. Yours sincerely, J. Mackle, General Manager
5) Ulster Television Limited, Havelock House, Ormeau Road, Belfast  10th June 1962 - Dear Mr. Ryan, Just a short note to add my sincere congratulations on your appointment as Public Relations Officer, and to wish you all success in your new post. Yours sincerely, R. B. Henderson, Managing Director
6) Coras Iompair Eireann, Department of the Information Officer, Kingsbridge, Dublin 12th June 1962 W. A. Ryan, Esq., Public Relations Officer, Ulster Transport Authority, 21 Linen Hall Street, Belfast - Dear Bertie, I have been away - first at a conference on the Continent and then of a brief vacation - and when I returned this morning, Bob told me of your new appointment. I am delighted at the belated recognition and I offer you my heartiest congratulations. There's no need to wish you success: you have your teeth worn at the job already! And there's scarcely any need either to add that if at any time I or anybody here can help, in any way, you have only to ask. My kindest regards, Jim(?), Sincerely.
7) Marine Hotel, Ballycastle, Co. Antrim. Mr. W. A. Ryan, Public Relations Officer, Ulster Transport Authority, 21 Linenhall Street, Belfast 2, County Antrim  12th June 1962 - Dear Bertie, I was delighted to learn of your promotion to Public Relations Officer, and I hasten to send to you our warmest congratulations and sincere good wishes for every happiness and success in your new post. I could think of no-one better to do the job than your goodself, and trust that this promotion may be a fore-runner of every higher appointment in due course. Warmest regards and best wishes. Yours sincerely, B., Sherlock, Managing Director
8) The Northern Whig and Belfast Post, Bridge Street, Belfast.  June 12, 1962 - Dear Mr. Ryan, Many thanks for your letter. Knowing you as we do, I am sure you will maintain the standards set by Mr. Carlisle as Public Relations Officer, and I can also assure you of our co-operation at all times. With all good wishes for your success in your new sphere. Yours sincerely, ? ? Editor
9) Transport Publications Ltd., Bus & Coach. Please reply to:- 260 Deansgate, Manchester 12th June 1962 - Dear Mr. Ryan, Thank you for your press release concerning the appointment of Mr. Flanagan as Sales Manager, and for the photograph. Congratulations also on your own appointment as P.R.O., which is, I am sure, a well-deserved and thoroughly earned promotion - may your shadow never grow less, and your smile grow ever broader. With every good wish for your continued success. Yours sincerely, H. Holt, Northern Editorial Representative
10) Milk Marketing Board for Northern Ireland, 456 Antrim Road, Belfast 12th June 1962 - Dear Mr. Ryan, I was delighted to learn of your recent promotion to the post of Public Relations Officer. I would like to send you my personal congratulations and good wishes. Yours sincerely J. C. McDowell, Administrative Officer
11) Thos. Cook & Son, Ltd., Berkeley Street, Piccadilly, London  12th June 1962 - Dear Bertie, I have just heard that you have been promoted to P.R.O. of the Ulster Transport Authority, and hasten to send you my best congratulations. Undoubtedly this will call for a celebration when I am in Belfast on Wednesday, June 20th, so don't you dare buzz off to Dublin or elsewhere on that day! All the best, Yours sincerely, Phil J. W. P. Phillips, Controller (Ireland)

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1) Belfast Telegraph, Belfast John E. Sayers June 13th, 1962 - Dear Mr. Ryan, Your letter reached me on my return from holiday this week and I should like not only to thank you for it but to congratulate you on your appointment. All of us here know how helpful you are to the Press and we will look forward to even closer co-operation with you in the future. I am informing the News Editor and others concerned. Since Tom Roberts' departure we have not a Transport Correspondent but I expect to appoint one in the near future and he also will make himself known to you. With best wishes, Yours sincerely, John E. Sayers
2) Irish News, Editor's Room 13th June 1962 - Dear Mr. Ryan, I congratulate you on your appointment as Public Relations Officer of the Ulster Transport Authority. In doing so I place on record my gratitude to you for your personal assistance to me and all the members of our Editorial staff who have looked to you for help. May the friendship and cordial co-operation between us long continue. Yours sincerely, Robert Kirkenon(?)
3) Northern Ireland Tourist Board, 10 Royal Avenue, Belfast 13th June 1962 - Dear Bertie, Your letter about Mrs. Wilkinson, the complainant about the Millisle service, came rather too early and before I had the opportunity of conveying a very warm message. I don't think you can have any idea of what pleasure it gave the members of the Board and staff to read of your appointment and succession to Bob Carlisle who had already established himself as a popular and enterprising P.R.O. You will have nothing to learn in terms of friendliness and understanding. Probably your only difficulty will be that you will suffer fools too gladly and there are many around. Whatever the future holds for both organisations I am sure there will be lots of harmony, plenty of collaboration and good fellowship. Congratulations and best wishes from all of us in this organisation. Yours sincerely, Bob F. R. J. Frizzell, General Manager. P.S. Thanks for the copy letter to Mrs. Wilkinson
4) Railway Passengers Assurance Company, P.O. Box 232. Pembroke House, 40 City Road, London 15th June 1962 - Dear Mr. Ryan, Please accept my sincere congratulations on your new appointment to which reference is made in the current issue of the Railway Gazette. My very best wishes for the future. Yours sincerely, J. Lindsay(?) Supt. for Railways
5) Brown Thomas & Co. Ltd., Grafton Street and Duke Street, Dublin  15th June (1962) - Dear Bertie, Delighted to read of your new appointment, expect you won't have time to visit Dublin at all now? How are you this delightful summer weather! Isn't it depressing. I am taking off for Co. Kerry tomorrow for a week's holiday so here's hoping. We have had a busy week with visitors & ? groups I'm glad to say. See you in the big city soon I hope. Sincerely Ruai(?)
6) Ulster Unionist Council, Unionist Headquarters, 3 Glengall Street, Belfast 12 22nd October 1962 - W. A. Ryan, Esq., Glenartney, Cultra, Holywood, Co. Down - Dear Mr. Ryan, At a meeting of the Executive Committee of the Ulster Unionist Council held on Friday last I was instructed to write and express their grateful thanks for the arrangements you made for the conveyance of Unionist people from various parts of Northern Ireland to Balmoral on Covenant Day. Nothing but praise has been given from our Associations for the manner in which they were transported to and from the Celebrations. I should like to add my personal tribute to that of the Council. Yours sincerely, W. Douglas, Secretary
7) Ulster Transport Authority, P.O. Box No. 196, 21 Linen Hall Street, Belfast  18th March 1964 - Dear Mr. Ryan, I was very pleased to learn of your appointment as Chairman of the Ulster Tourist Development Association. My warmest congratulations and good wishes for a happy and successful term of office. Yours sincerely, Arthur G. Algeo
8) Ulster Transport Authority, P.O. Box No. 196, 21 Linen Hall Street, Belfast  8th April 1964 - Personal - Dear Mr. Ryan, May I offer you my warm congratulations on the honour that has been conferred on you by your appointment as a Justice of the Peace. I was very pleased indeed to see your name included in the list this morning. With all good wishes, Yours sincerely, Arthur G. Algeo
9) Ulster Transport Authority, P.O. Box No. 196 21 Linen Hall Street, Belfast  8th April 1964 - Dear Bertie, Just a short note of congratulations on your appointment as a Justice of the Peace, and my good wishes. Yours sincerely, James ?
10) Government of Northern Ireland, Ulster Office, 13 Regent Street, London 15th May 1964 - Dear Mr. Ryan, I was very pleased to see the announcement of your election to the Chairmanship of the Tourist Association, and send warm congratulations and all good wishes for your great success in the task. We are all, here, very glad to see the news. with kindest regards, Yours sincerely, Francis ?
11) Coras Iompair Eireann, Organisation and Personnel Department, Aras Banna, Training Section, 60 Lower Gardiner Street, Dublin 1  20th June 1962 - Dear Mr. Ryan, Bertie, I was very glad to see in the recent edition of Railway Gazette of your appointment as P.R.O. - my heartiest congratulations. With every good wish for the future, C. Mac. Giolla RI, Training Office

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1) Travel Trade Gazette, Hastings House, Norfolk Street, London 20th June 1962 - Dear Mr. Ryan, In your Press Release of June 6, you mentioned that the Ulster Transport Authority is intensifying its sales drive. We are mentioning this briefly in our issue of June 22. I should be most grateful, however, if you could please tell us in what way you are planning to step up your sales effort, and particularly whether Travel Agents are to be asked to make greater efforts on your behalf. Any details you can give us will be much appreciated. Incidentally, may I take this opportunity of wishing you every success in your new post as Public Relations Officer. Yours sincerely Brian Knowlman, Managing Editor
2) Northern Ireland Local Government Officers' Superannuation Committee, 114 Holywood Road, Belfast 25th June 1962 - Dear Mr. Ryan, At last Wednesday's meeting of the Superannuation Committee it was reported that you had been promoted to Chief Public Relations Officer of the Ulster Transport Authority, and I am to convey to you the congratulations of the Chairman and other Members and best wishes for success in your new appointment. Yours sincerely, B. M. Greer, Secretary
3) The British Broadcasting Corporation, Broadcasting House, Ormeau Avenue, Belfast  26th June 1962 - Dear Mr. Ryan, On my return from leave I read with interest your letter dated 8th June advising me that you have succeeded Mr. R. Carlisle as Public Relations Officer for the Ulster Transport Authority. Our relations with the Authority have always been happy and I am sure that they will be maintained in the new arrangement. I wish you every success in your new appointment. Yours sincerely, C. L. Frankland, News Editor
4) The County Down Spectator and Ulster Standard, D. E. Alexander & Son, Ltd. 2nd July 1962 - Dear Mr. Ryan, Hearty congratulations on your promotion. We look forward to working with you on even closer terms than heretofore. Thank you for the information about telephone numbers and we will not hesitate to telephone you when we want information on Transport matters. With very best wishes and than you for your co-operation. Yours sincerely, Annie Roycroft
5) I.F.B.P.W., Oslo 20th July 1962 to Mr. William A. Ryan, Public Relations Officer, Ulster Transport Authority, 21 Linen Hall Street, Belfast 2, Ulster - Dear Bertie, Let me first of all offer my wholehearted congratulations on the promotion. I'm delighted! Remembering how wonderfully you squired us around last Fall, I can only say I see that virtue does indeed still have its rewards. I know you'll go on doing a grand job, Bertie, and let me wish you best luck in it. Also let me thank you for going to so much trouble in suggesting final changes in the ms. on transport policies in Ulster. This chapter is thereby now wound up. Am off to the east this weekend. See you another day! All best wishes, Jim
6) Ulster Transport Authority, P.O. Box No. 196 21 Linen Hall Street, Belfast  5th June 1964 - Dear Mr. Ryan, On behalf of the Chairman and Members of the Authority, I convey to you congratulations and good wishes on your recent appointment as Chairman of the Ulster Tourist Development Association. I am sure you will have a successful term of office. Yours sincerely J. G. T. Anderson
7) South Belfast Hospital Management Committee, Belfast City Hospital - Musgrave Park Hospital - Malone Place Hospital, B.C.H., Lisburn Road, Belfast, N. Ireland  8th June 1964 - Dear Mr. Ryan, At the meeting of the Management Committee held on 2nd June, 1964, reference was made to your appointments as Justice of the Peace, and Chairman of the Ulster Tourist Development Association. The Members have requested that their congratulations be conveyed to you on these appointments. With best wishes, Yours sincerely, ? ? Secretary
8) City Hall, Belfast 1, John Dunlop, Town Clerk  3rd July 1964 - Dear Mr. Ryan, At a recent meeting of the Libraries Committee tribute was paid to the excellent services rendered in the past by the Added Members of the Committee, and I was asked to convey to you an expression of their appreciation. As you are probably aware, it was decided, in view of the curtailment of the scope of the Committee's function following the establishment of the Museum and Art Gallery as a National Museum, not to appoint added members to the Committee at present. Yours sincerely John Dunlop, Town Clerk
9) 1st August 1964 C.V. W. A. Ryan, M.B.E., J.P., Public Relations Officer Ulster Transport Authority:- Chairman of Down County Council Library Committee; Chairman of Ulster Tourist Development Association; Member of Northern Ireland Tourist Board and Ulster Tourist Development Association Joint Publicity Committee; Member of Belfast Corporation Libraries, Museums and Art Committee; Member of South Belfast Group Hospitals Management Committee (Belfast City, Musgrave Park, Malone Place and Northern Ireland Orthopaedic Service); Member of Northern Ireland Local Government Officers Superannuation Committee (Member of Executive Committee); Area Commissioner St. John Ambulance Brigade; Honorary Press and Public Relations Officer for :- Order of St. John (Commandery of Ards), St. John Ambulance Brigade, Skal Club.  Writing and broadcasting experience:- Accredited correspondent and frequent contributor to "Railway Gazette" "Railway Magazine" "Modern Transport" "St. John Review"  Special correspondent :- Belfast News-Letter's N.I. Annual Review (Transport Column).  Prepares scripts and has spoken and appeared on sound and television B.B.C. and U.T.V. programmes.  Writes occasional short stories and feature articles for Press and broadcasting.
10) 9th February 1965. From: Captain W. J. Long, J.P., M.P. Dundonald House, Upper Newtownards Road, Belfast - To Whom it may Concern: I understand that Mr. William Albert Ryan, M.B.E., C.St.J., J.P., of Glenartney, Cultra, is a candidate for the post of Development Officer to the Northern Ireland Tourist Board, and I have the very real pleasure of supporting his application. I have read the list of qualifications desired by the Board and I feel that Mr. Ryan, whom I have known intimately for a considerable number of years, is a unique candidate. He has had a wide and varied experience of administration and planning during his long service with the Great Northern Railway and the Ulster Transport Authority. His surveys in the interest of efficiency and comfort of the travelling public have been productive and well received. His great success in undertaking the mammoth task of organising the excellent transport arrangements for the Covenant Celebrations in 1962 is surely the hallmark of his sterling worth. Added to this is the tremendous enthusiasm which he applied to the establishment of the Transport Museum. Mr. Ryan is well versed in local government and in this field he is a past Vice-Chairman of Castlereagh Rural District Council and at present a member of the Down Council Libraries Committee. Through his past and present employment he has experience of all facets of the Tourist Industry and at one time he was the highly esteemed Chairman of the Ulster Tourist Development Association. I can say without fear of contradiction that in Government circles Mr. Ryan has gained the esteem and affection of all those who have had the pleasure of working with him. I feel sure that he still has much to offer the community through the medium of tourism.

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1) The Rectory, Monkstown, Co. Dublin  8.3.65 - Dear Mr. Ryan, I apologize for the delay in replying and also for not being awake enough quite to know your signature. You are very good to share with me in this question regarding the future. Briefly - the boy needs his father now and can't have him because the church needs never would or could oblige. I am caught in a dilemma, I have never seen anything like the life in this place especially in the increase of genuine friendliness and community. Our total attendances yesterday must have been a record, something like 1200 over the day. But am I risking my son's welfare? or asks for him much. I thought that by taking a smaller living more time might be available to my family whom I love dearly. John came here for lunch yesterday but after it someone called, then there was a meeting, then a Confirmation Class, then preparation for evening service and when I returned he had gone back to school feeling he had not had anything of Dad while here. It is care of the church call versus the call to family and I do tend to be erring in being a one track fanatic. It is so good of you to let me share these thoughts and I sincerely appreciate being able to do so with one who can look at it objectively and wisely. Yours sincerely Billy
2) Century Newspapers Ltd., 51-59 Donegall Street, Belfast 23rd April 1965 - Dear Bertie, Last night's party was a howling success and all of us were deeply grateful to be invited along to such a delightful occasion. I feel sad to know that you and Bob will no longer be presiding over the affairs of the U.T.A. but trust that the friendships which you have built up with us will continue to flourish and that both of you, in new spheres, will be contributing as you have so well in the past to the general well-being in Northern Ireland. Kindest regards, Yours sincerely Bill (Captain O. W. J. Henderson)
3) Government of Northern Ireland, Ulster Office, 13 Regent Street, London 6th May 1965 - Dear Bertie, How very kind of you to contact your friend in Washington on my behalf. I am writing to him today, and look forward to a meeting when I get there. Any friend of yours must be a worthwhile person. I hope the appointment we discussed comes off soon - it is just your metier. Yours sincerely, ? Roberts(?)
4) Belfast Chamber of Commerce, 7 Donegall Square West, Belfast  25th May 1965 W. A. Ryan, Esq., M.B.E., Chairman, Ulster Tourist Development Association Ltd., 10 Royal Avenue, Belfast - Dear Mr. Ryan, Please accept this somewhat belated note of thanks for your splendid hospitality on Friday last on the occasion of your Annual Luncheon. It was a most enjoyable occasion and your own address was excellent combining just a nice balance of encouragement and criticism of official policy on tourism. With kindest regards, yours sincerely, Irene Calvert, President

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1) The County Donegal Railways (Joint Committee), Manager's Office, Stranorlar, Lifford P.O., Co. Donegal  14th June 1965 - Dear Mr. Ryan, I read with interest the Press Notice in regard to your retirement on Saturday last, and I wish to extend my very good wishes for good health and many years of happiness. I also take this opportunity of marking my appreciation of the courtesy and helpfulness always extended to me. Best wishes to Mrs. Ryan also, Yours sincerely, B. L. Curran
2) Government of Northern Ireland, Ulster Office, 13 Regent Street, London  14th June 1965 - Dear Bertie, Congratulations on leaving public transport with such a distinguished record. You will always know just how much myself, and my newspaper colleagues in Belfast appreciated your help. There was never a public officer more willing or more helpful. I look forward to our next association. Yours sincerely, ? Roberts(?)
3) Shelbourne Hotel, Dublin  15th June 1965 - Dear Bertie, (I hope I have got the right address!) I have just read in the paper of your official "retirement" and I wish you many long years to enjoy it. Of course, I realise that you are most certainly not going out to grass yet so I do hope you will keep in touch. In the meantime, good luck in whatever your new venture may be. Kindest regards, Sincerely Una McNelis, Public Relations
4) The British Broadcasting Corporation, Yalding House, 156 Great Portland Street, London  17th June 1965 - My dear Bertie, As I retire from active service in the BBC after the 11th September I am writing to a number of my old friends and associates to say that I hope none of them will visit London without letting me know. We shall be retiring to a place in Cornwall called Cawsand, just the other side of Plymouth, which is my own home now being renovated. As far as you are concerned, there will always be a room with a wonderful sea view for Mr. and Mrs. Ryan, except during the more obvious holiday periods when my numerous progeny and their offspring - the last one gets married next month - are likely to descent upon us. With kind regards to you both, Yours very sincerely, G. J. Willoughby, Concerts Manager
5) Ulster Transport Authority, P.O. Box No. 196, 11-15 Great Victoria Street, Belfast  18th June 1965 - Dear Mr. Ryan, Great Northern Railway Pension Fund for Wages Staff (Ulster Transport)  At the meeting of the Committee held in the Railway Manager's office, Great Victoria Street, Belfast, on Friday, 21st May, it was reported that your services were no longer available to the Committee as you had vacated your position with the Authority. The Chairman, Mr. J. C. Baillie, referred to your interest in the Fund and to the valuable contribution you had made to the work of the Committee over the years, and the Committee instructed me to write to you to express thanks for all your assistance and to express regret that you were no longer with us. Yours sincerely John McCleary, Pensions Secretary
6) Temple Press Ltd., Bowling Green Lane, London  21st June 1965 - Dear Bertie, Very many thanks for your note of June 17. The news of your retirement came along from U.T.A. and we duly "noticed" the fact in "The Commercial Motor". I am interested to hear that you are joining the Ministry of Development on the local government side, as one of our journals is, of course, "The Surveyor" so we might very well be brought into contact once again. In the meantime the best of good wishes. Yours sincerely, Ashley Taylor, Northern Editor

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1) Belfast Telegraph, Belfast  Friday June 25th 1965 - Dear Mr. Ryan, I was on holiday when I read of your retirement, and made a note that I must write to you on my return to express my very good wishes for your happiness in your leisure. I recall with great pleasure our many meetings, and the wonderful courtesy which you have always shown both me and the "Telegraph". Knowing you I cannot believe that you will not be idle, and my wish is that you may long be able to carry on the many other beneficent works in which you are interested. Yours sincerely, John E. Sayers
2) The Institute of Transport, 80 Portland Place, London  28th June 1965  W. A. Ryan, Esq., M.B.E., Advertising & Publicity Superintendent's Office, Great Northern Railway, Great Victoria Street Station, Belfast, Northern Ireland - Dear Sir, I have read in the Press of your retirement and should like to send you my good wishes for the best of health and every happiness in the years ahead. We do not appear to have any record of your home address and I should be obliged if you would let me have this so that I can arrange fir future communications to be sent there. Yours faithfully, F. W. Crews, Secretary
3) Northern Ireland Society of Incorporated Secretaries, W. S. Lewis, A.C.C.S., 598 Shore Road, Belfast 1st July 1965 - Dear Mr. Ryan, I understand from Mr. D. F. J. McAuley that you have very kindly consented to address this Society at our opening meeting to be held on Monday 4th October 1965, on the subject, "Transport's Contribution to Tourism".  Our meetings take place in the Kensington Hotel, College Square East, and commence at 6.30 p.m.  Unfortunately, I have not a spare programme of last session but I enclose one of a previous session which you may find of interest. Prior to our meeting you are cordially invited to be the guest of our Chairman and Committee for Tea, and at a later date I will write again. With thanks once again for your willing assistance, I remain, Yours sincerely, W. S. Lewis, Honorary Secretary
4) Government of Northern Ireland, Ulster Office, 13 Regent Street, London 15th July 1965 - Dear Mr. Ryan, Ever since seeing you, and learning of your retirement I have been wanting to write and send you best wishes for a very happy, and I hope, well occupied future for as long as you want to carry on working. I was delighted to learn from you that (you) had taken up an appointment in the Ministry of Development, where I know that your long experience in the transport field will be of great value. I do want to thank you for all the assistance you have given to the Order of St. John, in your work with it, which I know has often menat (meant) some sacrifice of your very valuable time, and I would like to say how happy I always was on those occasions when we came into collaboration in your own special field of Public Relations for U.T.A.  I look forward very keenly to our continued work together in the Order of St. John, and if there is anything that the Ulster Office can do to help you in your new task, it will be only too happily undertaken. Yours sincerely Francis ?
5) Ulster Tourist Development Association Ltd., 6 Royal Avenue, Belfast 26th July 1965 - Dear Mr. Ryan, This is a draft of the Minutes I mentioned to you on the 'phone this afternoon. Please check and return to me. I have just heard of the announcement of your new position. Please accept my hearty congratulations and every good wish for your future success. Yours sincerely, Mrs. M. J. Steenson, Assistant Secretary
6) City and County Borough of Londonderry, Town Clerk's Office, Guildhall, Londonderry  27th July 1965 - Dear Bertie, I have learned with great pleasure of your appointment by the Ministry of Development to the position of "smoother". I am sure that you will derive much pleasure and satisfaction from this work and look forward to meeting you from time to time in the course of your duties, Yours sincerely, Roy Henderson, Town Clerk
7) Borough Council of Bangor, Town Hall, The Castle, Bangor, Northern Ireland  27th July 1965 - Dear Bertie, The Mayor was in this morning and we were discussing your appointment, the news of which was given in the press. We would like to offer you our congratulations and we trust that we will only see you in friendship in Bangor. Best wishes, Yours sincerely, Dick W., Town Clerk (R. Wolsey)
8) 8 Grange Park, Dunmurry, Co. Antrim  27th July 1965 - Dear Bertie, I have to-day read of your appointment and it gives me great pleasure to offer you my congratulations. I do hope that you will enjoy many happy years in your new position with the Ministry of Development & find it all very worthwhile. With kind regards to Chrissie & yourself, Yours v sincerely Noel
9) Ulster Television Limited, Havelock House, Ormeau Road, Belfast  29th July 1965 - Dear Bertie, I was delighted to read the other night of your new appointment and wish you well in it. Since your retirement from the Authority you do not appear in public places as often as you used to and in consequence I do not bump into you so much. Needless to say you are always welcome if you call with any of us in Ulster Television. Good luck in the future, Yours sincerely, Basil W. Lapworth
10) Borough Council of Enniskillen, Town Clerk's office, Town Hall, Enniskillen, County Fermanagh 6th August 1965 - Dear Mr. Ryan, I was very pleased to see by Circular No. L.G. 6/65 from the Ministry of Development that you have been appointed as General Inspector on the staff of the Ministry. Please accept my congratulations and best wishes. I will most certainly be very glad to see you at an early date to discuss the very many problems affecting my day-to-day responsibilities. At the moment, I have not got a qualified engineer on my staff. I am trying to run the Borough Surveyor's Department as well as my own. Looking forward to seeing you soon. Yours sincerely, ? ? Town Clerk. W. A. Ryan, Esq., M.B.E., General Inspector, Ministry of Development, Stormont, Belfast 4
11) Ministry of Development, Stormont, Belfast 4 18th August 1965 - Dear Mr. Ryan, Thank you for your letter of 11th August submitting your resignation from the Northern Ireland Local Government Officers Superannuation Committee. I agree that it would be desirable for you to sever your connection with the Committee in view of your appointment as General Inspector of the Ministry. May I take this opportunity of expressing my appreciation of your work as a member of the Committee and I hope you will find your new post in the Department an equally interesting and rewarding one. Yours Sincerely Wm. Craig, W. A. Ryan, Esq., Glenartney, Cultra, Holywood, Co. Down

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1) The British Council, 1 Chlorine Gardens, Belfast  15th June 1966 - Dear Mr. Ryan, I wanted once again to thank you so much for all that you did to make the Sarawak visitors so much at home and to have such a valuable insight into the relationship of Central and Local Government here. I know that they were most appreciative and Miss Caldwell also wanted to thank you for all the help and encouragement you gave her. I was very glad to have a chance of seeing you and Mrs. Ryan the other evening on such an enjoyable occasion. Kind regards, Yours ever, H. W. F. R. Ricketts, Representative.
2) Castlereagh Rural District Council, 368 Cregagh Road, Belfast, W. H. Jones, A.C.A., Clerk; R. Gundry, M.I.Mun.E., M.Inst.H.E., Engineer  31st August 1966 - Dear Mr. Ryan, Your friends and former colleagues on the Castlereagh Rural District Council were extremely sorry to learn that you had been admitted to hospital recently, and I was directed to convey to you the members' very best wishes for a speedy restoration to good health once again. I would also like, not only on my own behalf, but also on behalf of the other members of the Council's staff to join in this expression of sympathy and best wishes for a speedy recovery. Yours sincerely, W. H. Jones, Clerk
3) South Belfast Hospital Management Committee, Belfast City Hospital - Musgrave Park Hospital - Malone Place Hospital, B.C.H., Lisburn Road, Belfast, Northern Ireland 12th September 1966 - Dear Mr. Ryan, The members of the Management Committee at their recent meeting learned with regret of your indisposition. They were pleased, however, to be informed that you had been discharged from hospital. They wish you well and look forward to your early return to good health, and to the resumption of your work as Vice-Chairman. With best wishes, Sincerely, ? Miller(?), Secretary
4) Lisburn Rural District Council, Council Offices, Harmony Hill - Lisburn - County Antrim, John M. Shirley, Clerk  28th September 1966 - Dear Mr. Ryan, When Minutes of the Ulster Tourist Development Association were tabled at the Council recently it was noted that you had been in hospital and I was instructed to write to you on behalf of the Chairman and members of the Council, wishing you a speedy recovery to full health. In carrying out the Council's wishes I should like to associate Mr. Coates and myself with the greetings. We trust that we shall soon have the pleasure of seeing you again on your rounds! With kindest regards, Yours sincerely, John M. Shirley
5) Alexander Smyth, Wholesale and Retail General Merchant, 20-22 Market Street, Limavady, Co. Londonderry  28th September 1966 - Dear Mr. Ryan, I was very sorry to learn only yesterday that you have not been in good health. It was only when we were discussing our Round Table programme for 1966-67 when your name came up, and R. J. Carr(?), Clerk of the Rural Council, told me your bad news. I sincerely hope that you are making progress & that you will be soon back in harness. What with all the recent excitement amongst the "top brass" I am sure it greived you not to be in the middle of it - strictly as an observer of course!! If it would be more suitable for you we can easily transfer your talk to our Round Table from November, until January or February of next year? By this time you should be A.1. again. I was sorry that when you called last time I was out, but I learn that you know that I decided to settle down. Now I have to think up excellent excuses when I arrive back from Council meetings with a gin-smelling breath. Again best wishes for a quick recovery. Sincerely Alastair Smyth
6) "Dunree" 42 Strandview Road, Ballycastle, Co. Antrim  3rd October 1966 - Dear Bertie, It was with extreme regret that I heard only yesterday that you had been taken ill, and I assure you it was a matter of great personal regret to me to know of this. I hasten to send you the warmest wishes of Mrs. Sherlock, the family and myself for a very speedy and full recovery, and I do hope that already you are feeling much better. I hope within the next week or so, to get to Belfast to see you, but in the meantime do please take extreme care and please God you will soon be fit and well and back in circulation again. Be assured we will not forget you in our prayers. Warmest regards and best wishes to Mrs. Ryan and to yourself as always all the good things that O could ever wish. Yours very sincerely, Bernard - B. Sherlock
7) Ulster Tourist Development Association Limited, Finance - Executive Committee Minutes (1) 1966-67 - 1. Minutes of the Monthly Meeting of the Finance, Executive Committee held on Wednesday, 31st August, 1966 at 11.15 a.m. in the Conference Room, 6 Royal Avenue, Belfast.  2. Chairman: Mr. J. I. Fawcett.  3. Present: Mr. R. B. Stevens (Vice-Chairman); Mr. J. A. McCarrison, Mr. R. L. Carter, Mr. D. Lyle Hall, Mr. I. Cunningham, Mr. G. N. Hislop, Mr. W. I. Cunningham.  4. Apologies: Mr. F. E. Benner, Mr. R. G. Macauley, Mr. W. M. Capper, Mr. R. B. Thomas, Mr. J. C. McClelland.  5. In Attendance: Mr. J. A. U. Gregg - Secretary; Miss E. N. Rice - Stenographer.  6. Notice: The Notice convening the meeting was read by the Secretary.  7. Sympathy: Mr. Fawcett, the Chairman, expressed the Committee's sympathy with Mr. F. E. Benner on the death of his wife.  8. Illnesses: It was reported that on the instructions of the Chairman a basket of fruit had been sent to the immediate past Chairman Mr. W. A. Ryan, M.B.E., J.P. in the City Hospital where he has been convalescing since 17th August following a slight heart attack. The Committee sent him its very best wishes for a speedy recovery, and similarly to Mr. W. B. Cowan whose convalescence continues satisfactorily. (ii) Glenelly Valley - A letter dated 13th August was read from the Rev. Fr. Bryson, Secretary of the Glenelly Valley Tourist Development Association thanking the U.T.D.A. for the work it had done in helping to promote a tourist development scheme to hasten the improvement of the 3 47 through the Glenelly Valley.  (iii) Lough Neagh - The Chairman said he would like to see the formation of a local tourist development association for the whole of Lough Neagh, and it was decided to put the item on the agenda for the next meeting. He advocated the establishment of a local tourist development association in every tourist area where one did not yet exist, and he looked forward to those not yet under the umbrella of the U.T.D.A. coming into the fold and possibly being grouped for more effective operations. A useful discussion followed.  11. Government Grants for Tourism - It was decided to ask the Tourist Board to issue a directive to Local Authorities who are applying for Government Grants in promoting schemes in their areas. It was felt that the procedure should be simplified instead of one having to write to four different Ministries i.e. those of Development and Commerce and Health and Finance as well as the Board.  12. Financial Report - The following was circulated :- (missing)
8) Government House, Hillsborough, Northern Ireland 19th February 1969 - Dear Mr. Ryan, It was a very enjoyable and pleasant experience for me last night to have the honour of presenting prizes and certificates to the Nursing Staff who had gained such recognition by their hard work and efficiency, and I am writing to thank you for all the arrangements that were made to ensure the success of a very happy ceremony. I was much impressed by the appearance and high standards of the Nursing Staff, and I am sure that the successes already achieved will continue and increase. It was more than kind of the Nursing Staff to present me with such a beautiful gift and I was much honoured and happy to serve the nursing profession in this way. Yours sincerely, ? ?
9) University of Manchester, Department of Overseas Administrative Studies, 336 Oxford Road, Manchester  6th June 1969 - Dear Mr. Ryan, I am writing to thank you for your help to the Course for Overseas Government Officers from this Department which visited Northern Ireland recently. I am particularly grateful for your help in having Mrs. Deigh and Messrs. Barnett, Phylactou, Rikin, Da Costa, Khleif and Tajudin on a short attachment to your Ministry.  I am also grateful to you for giving your time to attend the Brains Trust which we held on the final morning of our visit. I can assure you that the members of the course appreciated your help very much. Yours sincerely, Colin Fuller, Course Director

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1) 30/9/1970 Name and address of present employer: N.I.H.A. 25 Adelaide Street, Belfast. Title or post held: Higher Clerical Officer Works & Building Branch. Duties of the post: Responsible for the payment of all Consulting Engineers, Chartered Architects, Quantity Surveyors & Building Contractors employed by the Authority. Produce monthly & annual financial analysis of all capital funds spent on Works Projects both major & minor. Responsible for the processing of computer data to ascertain all capital funds which have been spent with respect to hospital buildings & also endowments received by the Authority and money received from the sale of land & buildings. Keep total on ledgers of all funds allocated for the purchase of equipment on capital & revenue side. Assist in preparation of agendas for Authority Planning & Works Committees. Present Grade: Higher Clerical Officer. Present Salary: 1221 p.a. Date appointed: 30/9/1970. What period of notice does your present employer require? 1 month
2) Northern Ireland Hospitals Authority, 25 Adelaide Street, Belfast  22nd December 1970 - Dear Mr. Ryan, South Belfast Hospital Management Committee, The Authority are pleased to learn that you have agreed to continue as a member of the above-named committee and they have asked me to convey their thanks to you for accepting the invitation to assist in the administration of the Hospital Services in your area.  I enclose, for your information, a copy of the Minute appointing you a member of the Committee for a further term of office. Yours sincerely William Harvey, Secretary ~ Health Services Acts (Northern Ireland), 1948 to 1969. Northern Ireland Hospitals Authority. Minute of Appointment of the South Belfast Hospital Management Committee. The Northern Ireland Hospitals Authority, in exercise of the powers conferred on them by Section 28 of the Health Services Act (Northern Ireland), 1948, Article 1 of Part III of the First Schedule to the said Act, and all other powers enabling them in that behalf, do hereby appoint the following persons to be members of the South Belfast Hospital Management Committee from 1st January, 1971, for the hospitals know as the - Belfast City Hospital, Lisburn Road, Belfast 9; Malone Place Hospital, Belfast 12; Musgrave Park Hospital, Balmoral, Belfast 9. For the Period Ending 31st December 1973: Professor John Joseph Pritchard, M.A., D.M., B.Sc., F.R.C.S., 75 Osborne Park, Belfast; William Albert Ryan, Esq., M.B.E., C.St.J., J.P., Glenartney, 11 Clanbrassil Road, Cultra, Holywood, County Down; Louis Harrison Taylor, Esq., 2 Massey Park, Belfast
3) Government House, Hillsborough, Northern Ireland 30th June 1971 - Dear Mr. Ryan, Thank you so much for your letter of 28th June, enclosing a card from Mr. P. Crum Ewing. I have had an opportunity of showing this to the Governor, who is most interested to hear that you have met Mr. Ewing, whom he well remembers. The Governor has written to this gentleman direct, but he is very pleased for your kindness in referring your meeting to us. Yours sincerely Robert Stephens, (Major R. Stephens) Private Secretary - W. A. Ryan, Esq., M.B.E., J.P., The St. John Ambulance Brigade, Northern Ireland War Memorial Building, 5 Waring Street, Belfast 1.

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