LETTERS: A devilishly good actor

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Sir: I was interested to read in Paul Vallely's report (25 June) of Fr Gerard McGinnitty's tortured gymnastics as he celebrated Mass in the House of Prayer on Achill. It seems from the report that many of his followers ascribe his agitation to the frenzied efforts of the devil to upset him. May I set their minds at rest. As a student for the priesthood at Maynooth in the 1970s, when Fr McGinnitty was Dean, my most enduring memory is that he was a reasonably good actor who could never resist the exaggerated gesture.

The Rev KEVIN HEGARTY

Belmullet, Co Mayo

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