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Wednesday 28 September 2016

Enda recalls his lucky numbers and sober times at St Patrick's

Published 12/06/2015 | 02:30

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin; Taoiseach Enda Kenny; President of St Patrick’s College, Prof Daire Keogh; and Archbishop Michael Jackson tour the new €50m campus facilities at St Patrick’s College, Drumcondra, yesterday
Archbishop Diarmuid Martin; Taoiseach Enda Kenny; President of St Patrick’s College, Prof Daire Keogh; and Archbishop Michael Jackson tour the new €50m campus facilities at St Patrick’s College, Drumcondra, yesterday

Enda Kenny rolled back the years yesterday as he re-visited his old alma mater, St Patrick's College, Drumcondra, Dublin where he graduated as a primary school teacher all of 46 years ago, in the summer of 1969.

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The Taoiseach was at the famed education college to open a new €5m library, which college president Daire Keogh admitted had been promised five times by five different Education Ministers before it materialised.

Mr Kenny was in reflective mood as he recalled returning his keys the day he left college. But he kept the key tag numbered 283, which he said remained his "lucky numbers," as he brandished the yellow coloured disc for the audience. But what of rumours that he used to shin up the perimeter wall to secretly visit the Cat & Cage pub just across from the front gates?

"No. I didn't drink until I was 28. The Cat & Cage was off limits and the lights used to go out at 10pm," he replied, conjuring up another era in Ireland.

At the time, the football field at the back of the college held far more interest for him, he insisted.

Mr Kenny told the invited guests that the work done over the decades in St Patrick's, Drumcondra, had impacted upon tens of thousands of homes across the country.

Irish Independent

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