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David Robbins: Goodwill has filled the soaring void of that hated venue

David Robbins

Published 07/05/2011 | 05:00

'His Grace the Bishop," said Mr Buckley, my fourth class teacher, "will ask you a question from the catechism." He paused. "And woe betide any boy who doesn't know the answer."

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On the day, Mr Buckley accompanied me up the aisle of St Patrick's Church in Monkstown. He seemed as nervous as I was.

Ahead, I saw a robed and mitred figure seated on a throne. This is what is meant, I thought, by a prince of the church. I felt a pressure from Mr Buckley's hand on my shoulder, and I knelt.

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