A child’s life: ‘So what if your ma isn’t a doctor or a solicitor?’

Kian Fitzwilliam, a student at the ‘Brunner’ in Dublin, says everyone should go to a Deis school

St Paul’s CBS Secondary School: Dylan O’Toole and Kian Fitzwilliam. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

St Paul’s CBS Secondary School: Dylan O’Toole and Kian Fitzwilliam. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

St Paul’s CBS Secondary School, on Brunswick Street in central Dublin, has been there since 1869. The original “School Around the Corner” from the classic RTÉ radio programme, it is known locally as the Brunner, and that’s its semi-official designation on its website and Twitter page.

“When I put it out to staff and students they said, ‘It has to be the Brunner, sir,’” says the principal, Patrick McCormack.

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