From left: course instructor Camille Niang,  from Harolds Cross,  Laurens Guilford from Kilmainham, Rudolf Ballon from Rathgar and John Sommerville from Knocklyon, at the Alpha Course in Rathmines. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

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