He was a bit more Mahatma Gandhi than Sid Vicious, and was frequently chastised for being a bit of a smart ass. But RTÉ's John Creedon found a belief in himself through the words of encouragement dished out by his English teacher.
So, kiddo, where did you do your time?
The North Mon, or North Monastery Christian Brothers School. For secondary it was Carraig Na Bhfear, which means the rock of men.
Were you too cool for school or hip to be square?
I'd like to think I floated between all groups.
Did you rebel in school years?
I suppose I was rebellious but more Gandhi than Sid Vicious. By my nature I like to take sides if I see something I think is unfair as I see it. And this got me in plenty of trouble.
Yikes! But did you ever get one over on the Christian Brothers?
Well, the Christian Brothers never approved of soccer. So for me to go to Flower Lodge to support Cork Hibs at the weekend was just rock and roll!
What was your nickname back then?
I was called Creedo. Not very imaginative, I know.
So was there a recurring theme on Creedo's report card?
I was generally a smart ass who spoke too much.
And was there a teacher who made a big impact on you?
Yes. His name was Humphrey Toomey and he was my English teacher. He told me he was quite moved by an essay I had written and it was the first time anyone had ever said anything like that to me.
Finally, if you could speak some words of wisdom to the younger you, what would they be?
I would say, 'You're a grand kid and don't worry someday you will have a huge job in RTÉ, the women will love you and you'll be paid a fortune'.
And what would young Creedo have thought of all that?
I don't think I'd have believed it! But all of it is true now, apart from the money [laughs].
The kid has done well, as they say.
Well, you know, they used to always give out to me for talking too much in school, but little did I know back then I'd make a career out of it!
Listen to John Creedon weeknights on RTÉ Radio 1 between 8-9:30pm.