What was your first assignment?
My first year after making my first profession was spent teaching in primary school. In my first year I taught in three different schools . South Monastery in Cork, a primary school in Letterkenny, Co. Donegal and a primary school in Kinsale, Co. Cork. I enjoyed especially my teaching in Letterkenny.
Academically, I was barely average, but I soon found out that in the classroom I was effective. The reports I got from inspectors were very positive so I felt I had found my niche. My mother wanted me to become a priest for her own glory and the glory of our family. But, for me – as a young boy – seeing the priest on the altar fiddling with pieces of cloth as I saw it, led me to conclude that this was not a man’s job! It turned me off.