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Jim McDonald: Accountant and Policy Advisor
I entered this world as one of seven boys born into a devout Catholic family and raised in the parish of St. Paul’s, where we were called to prayer by the bells of the Redemptorist church of Clonard, off the Falls Road. My mother attended daily Mass and I progressed in time from early participation as a youth to membership of the Men’s Confraternity. The De la Salle and the Irish Christian Brothers provided my early education and instilled those related religious, social, recreational and cultural dimensions of my Irish heritage: Along with my family, they copper-fastened my faith and religion. I must pay tribute to those, often soft spoken, men who sacrificed so much for my generation, and, indeed, for the people of Northern Ireland in creating a Catholic middle class in the North.
Reflections of a Catholic Academic
Vincent McBrierty: Physicist and researcher:
My professional life began in 1967 when, as a new member of staff, I first entered Trinity College, passing the twin sentinels of Edmund Burke and Oliver Goldsmith, two of the College’s most distinguished graduates.