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Yvonne Cassidy

Yvonne Cassidy

Yvonne Cassidy

Author Yvonne Cassidy admits to being a little bit of a swot in school, just as long as there were no fire hoses or toilet seats lying around.

So, first things first, where did you go to school?

Loreto Abbey in Dalkey.

Very salubrious!

Dalkey wasn't as posh back then. Bono wasn't living there yet [laughs].

Did you love or loath school?

I always loved school. I remember it as a fun time. But I have to admit to being a bit of a swot.

What was your favourite subject?

I really liked art and really wanted to be a cartoonist.

What were your school reports like?

I did pretty well academically, but my swotty nature tapered off a bit. I played the class clown a little so the teachers thought I could be paying more attention in class.

What teacher made the biggest impact on you?

Mrs O'Neill, my English teacher. She helped me to understand and read things in a different way.

Name your favourite books from school...

I was a big Adrian Mole fan. I also fell in love with The Catcher in the Rye and To Kill a Mockingbird.

If you could, what changes would you make to the school system?

Unstructured time built into the curriculum to help students relax a little would be good. There is too much focus on exams.

Finally, what is the naughtiest thing you did in school?

We would take the fire hose out and leave it on the corridor floor. And once one of my friends came into class with a toilet seat over her head.

Crikey.

Yvonne Cassidy's novel How Many Letters Are In Goodbye is out now.

JOHN COSTELLO

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