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Cook arrives bearing gifts, but his visit stirs echoes

Shane Ross

Published 15/11/2015 | 02:30

Apple chief executive Tim Cook leaving Trinity College in Dublin
Apple chief executive Tim Cook leaving Trinity College in Dublin

'Young people of Ireland, I love you," declared Pope John Paul to the youth of Ireland back in 1979 during a mass at Galway race course. Ireland's youth reciprocated. They loved their pontiff.

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If Pope Francis arrives in Ireland for the 'Catholic World Meeting of Families' in 2018 he is unlikely to receive such a rapturous reception. Ireland has moved on. Today, its heroes and heroines are found elsewhere.

Last week, a hero of Ireland's youth landed in Dublin. He was hardly a replica of John Paul II.

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