The summer I finished my Leaving Cert, I sat beside Michael Lowry at the McCracken Tribunal. I was embarrassed bringing my bright pink school bag, which contained my lunchbox, inside the austere hall in Dublin Castle.
Instead, I left it behind the pillar at the entrance of the tribunal sittings. This proved problematic when one of the loyalist terrorist groups issued a bomb warning on Dublin.
“I’ll see you tomorrow so, Mr Lowry,” I said,...
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