So farewell then...
MacBride will not be intellect-ually idle as he is moving into academia.
University life should suit MacBride. When interviewed for the EIS general secretary's job by the seething cauldron that was the union's general council, only to be defeated by Ronnie Smith, he was asked whether he was "too cerebral" to become union supremo.
"I'll have to think about that," he replied.