Sunday 4 December 2016

You can't beat a 'good' school

Published 26/09/2010 | 05:00

Sir -- I see from last week's Sunday Independent, Terence Cosgrave saw nothing wrong with Brian Cowen beating the living daylights out of him at college in Roscrea. Mr Cosgrave was obviously a junior at the time and his only regret appears to be that he didn't stay at Roscrea long enough to become a senior so that he too could beat up some of the juniors.

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I often felt disadvantaged that my father did not have the means to send his sons to the 'right' school, and give us the start in life that apparently goes with the contacts for networking throughout our careers. As I am short in stature I may not have survived and would probably have been fair game for the big boys even after passing from the junior ranks.

What does the article tell us about Mr Cowen and Mr Cosgrave? Real men -- well able to throw their weight about. Nothing wrong with not being able to do the job the morning after a feed of drink. I for one do not accept these standards and am appalled that Mr Cosgrave tries to justify them for our Taoiseach, as he is "just a man from the country". In this part of the country we have the same high standards as are found in good people elsewhere.

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