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This plaque, marking the old home of the Medical School of ‘The Catholic University of Ireland’, illustrates perfectly to me the fact one can literally walk past history every day and not notice. The plaque is located at the side entrance to Urban Outfitters on Cecilia Street, Temple Bar.

The Irish Times of May 30 1930 noted that

The building was originally a theatre, in fact, the principal one in Dublin during the mid-eighteenth century, and, curiously enough, was once used in 1754 for an exhibition of anatomical waxworks, now preserved in Trinity College

Catholic University of Ireland

So, there you go. Always look up, and always look closely.

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I’m about fifteen minutes in the door from my first trip to a Union of Students in Ireland conference. (Maynooth are back in, you see)

Quite an experience, and a productive field trip.

Anyway, a friend of mine was discussing his search for the lyrics to this one-off Christy Moore number about University College Dublin and the L&H there.

I remember raking my brains trying to think of songs which deal with Irish students, and this one was, in truth, the only one that came to mind. Phil Ochs odd tune, “I’m Gonna Say It Now” is the only other song about students that came to mind (cheers Luke) but eh…he mentioned Chairman Mao in that. That and it is a pretty rubbish song.

Here are the words to The Auditor Of The L&H (In the words of Christy “..the launching pad for many an illustrious reactionary career”) which he performed in Theatre L of UCD on the 25th of November, 1982. Next door in Theatre M a debate was raging from which an elected Sinn Féin representative (Danny Morrison) had been excluded.

Justice Thomas Higgins is a man you all should know
Sitting in the Specials he runs a nasty show
Dispering Irish Justice in a way that makes me rage,
And once he was the Auditor of the College L&H

Mr. Patrick Connolly is a man of great renown.
Recently he was the talk of every pub in town.
As attorney general thought it wise to disengage
And once he was the Auditor of the College L&H

Patrick snide smug Cosgrave is Maggie Thatcher’s right-hand man.
In a national University his illusions they began.
To mould her vicious strategy he joined the entourage
And once he was the Auditor of the College L&H

This year’s young incumbant was barely off the train.
Seeking power and prejudice he joined Young Fine Gael.
To be like Higgins, Connolly, Cosgrave, Cormac Lacey craved,
And he is this year’s Auditor of the College L&H

To celebrate elections his first debate he planned.
To feature Conor Cruise O’ Brien, a once respected man.
A Unionist called Millar, and also Liam de Paor
With the Tyrone people’s mandate- Danny Morrison was there.

Cruiser and the Loyalist, they did collaborate.
Free speech for Republicans they could not tolerate.
Morrison was banished, Cormac Lacey sealed his faith
That’s why he is the Auditor of the College L&H

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