Reilly and Wifey snuck back to the scene of their honeymoon last weekend to celebrate a roundy number.
En route, as he’d done all those years ago, he rang his former Irish teacher, Brendan O’Rourke, to check out a few of the Kingdoms finer hostelries.
Brendan answered the phone with the same three word greeting as he always does.
‘Aon scéal Reilly? which loosely translated is Irish for ‘any story’ ‘or any news?
For the following forty minutes Reilly and Wifey regaled him with story after story of their idyllic honeymoon in Kerry and then started on to the post honeymoon stuff.
Before they knew it they were outside Parknasilla and Brendan spoke for the first time since greeting them.
‘Go in now to the bar in Parknasilla and ask Tim Buckley about Fr. Andrew.
As they alighted the car, Wifey remarked that Brendan must be just about the most interesting person in the world.
‘What are you talking about? says Reilly, bristling a bit. ‘He barely uttered a word for the entire conversation.
‘Touché!’ says Wifey.
As Reilly savoured his first LTP (Lunch Time Pint) his mind drifted back to yet another teacher in Roscrea, Rody Ryan. Rody taught history and life, and was describing to the boys the background to the election between Gladstone and Disraeli.
A leading journalist of the time had apparently dined with each of them in the week prior to the election and was asked what she thought of them. Her reply tells you everything you need to know about influence.
‘After dinner with Gladstone, I thought he was the most interesting person in the world… But after dinner with Disraeli, I thought I was the most interesting person in the world.’
Rody went on to say that tellingly, Disraeli won the election, and asked the class to discuss.
That’s the thing about the great teachers. They don’t just regurgitate facts. They educate. The word ‘education’ derives from the Latin ‘educo,’ which Fr Andrew explained to them meant ‘to draw out.’
Reilly could see Tims eyes glaze over a bit when he asked him about Fr. Andrew.
‘Fr Andrew and my Father were lifelong friends. They loved nothing more than attending a good performance together. Following one such night at the theatre in Dublin my Father became ill and later died in Fr. Andrews arms.’
‘I continued the friendship. He baptised all my children. I can still see Jessie enthralling us all dancing at one of them.’
Jessie continues to enthral. Pat Buckley and Fr Andrew would have been mightily proud to see her nominated for the Best Supporting Actress at the Oscars for her performance in ‘The Lost Daughter.’
- Be interested, not interesting.
- Ask everyone you meet to tell you their story.
- Be an educator.
‘You can make more friends in two months by becoming interested in other people than you can in two years trying to get other people interested in you.’
1. Could you flip from being interesting to being interested?
2. What difference would it make
3. When will you begin?
(Sympathies to the Daly family on the recent passing of Dom Kevin Daly O. Cist. A former Abbot of Mount Saint Joseph Abbey, President of Cistercian College, Roscrea, and past-pupil of the College, he amazingly devoted almost 70 years of his life to the Cistercian Way. His passing sadly marks the end of the last surviving Monk who would have served in the College. Blessed with film star looks he was a great favourite always with the Mothers of the boys. ‘Ní bheidh a leithéid arís ann.’)