An intellectual who stood up to men of violence
Cardinal Cahal Daly was the unlikely subject of a newspaper travel feature last year in which he described his favourite holiday. It was the early 1960s. Dr Daly was then a lecturer in scholastic philosophy in Queen's University Belfast, with a predilection for French theology. He was in his 50s, yet to become a bishop and a very committed francophile. Each summer he spent a month in France, three weeks studying and writing in Paris and a week exploring the countryside by train. "The year that was very special for me was when I travelled up the Valley of the Rhone from Lyons. France at that time was just recovering from the German occupation and the whole humiliating experience of the occupation," he said.