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Spanish or the Catechism? I know which one I'd have put my hand up for in school

Catherine O'Mahony


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In 2015, research found 19 million primary school pupils (or 84pc) in the European Union were studying at least one foreign language

In 2015, research found 19 million primary school pupils (or 84pc) in the European Union were studying at least one foreign language

In 2015, research found 19 million primary school pupils (or 84pc) in the European Union were studying at least one foreign language

Around 40 years ago, something happened to me at school that transformed my educational experience for the rest of my primary school years.

After a routine visit from the local parish priest - one of those regular but deeply dreaded events that invariably featured a rapid fire question-and-answer session based around the Brown Catechism - the relieved teacher determined that I had been the star of the show.

She said as much as she dragged me up to the front of the classroom after the priest was gone, from where I beheld my classmates mostly glaring at me in undisguised resentment.