Tom Cullen

Brother Thomas Monds by Feargal Sharkey

The former lead singer of The Undertones delivers a powerful piece about a ‘remarkable man’ who led a school in a deprived area of County Derry

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I went to the fine institution that is the Christian Brothers’ School, in Derry. Forgive me for being this philosophical, but Brother Monds taught me – among many other things – a seriously valuable lesson: “A book is a doorway to another person’s mind.”

Those words sent this probably slightly disengaged 11-year-old off on a lifetime mission to read anything and everything he could get his mitts on. If it was within arm’s length, I would read it and it is a fine tradition that I have carried on ever since.

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