Saturday 24 February 2018

An alternative look at religion in schools

ROSE Brien Harrington's letter (Thursday, May 26) on religion in schools brought back memories of a somewhat similar situation at my secondary school in Tipperary, many years ago.

We had one boy in the school who was a Protestant and, having considered his situation, I was very desirous of becoming a Protestant myself. The reason – during our daily 30 minutes of Catholic religious instruction, my friend was excused and had an extra 30 minutes added to his lunch break.

The result – he was able to ride his bike home for a hot meal cooked by his mother each day. The rest of us made do with the usual bottle of cold milk or tea and a sandwich. His name, would you believe, was Peter Robinson. I kid you not!

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