Lessons to learn
Sir -- I was disappointed to read the article by Terence Cosgrave (Sunday Independent, September 19, 2010). I was in the same class as Brian Cowen in the Cistercian College in Roscrea between 1972 and 1977, and the incidents he described gave a very unfair impression of the man and the school. Roscrea was a small school, with about 280 pupils -- all boarders, and the prefects were there as mentors and role models, not as "enforcers".
During my five years there, I never witnessed any "beating up"; Roscrea simply wasn't that kind of school.
Our president, Fr Peter Garvey, made it his business to nip any intimidating behaviour in the bud and the priests and teachers at Roscrea made a point of reassuring first years that they should not hesitate to report any bullying behaviour.