Unbearable pressure on country's youth
* Paddy Early's letter on suicide in Ireland (Irish Independent, November 7) was a timely reminder about the loss of hope so many young people are experiencing.
Like Mr Early, I too have fond memories of the many inspiring priests and lay people who helped to shape my life. They tempered serious intent with a lightness of touch. My memories are of a range of characters with an imaginative grasp about the quirkiness of life who helped us not to take ourselves too seriously. However, the prospects for employment were good.
School for many young people has become an obstacle course with their future hanging on the results of final examinations.