Story of the week from March 2nd, 1984
A top selling novel by one of Ireland's best known writers has met with open criticism from the CEO of County Longford Vocational Education Committee, who objects to the book being included on the shelves of the St Oliver Plunkett School library.
“Light a Penny Candle” by Maeve Binchy has been described by the Sunday Independent as 'Charming: one of the sunniest novels in a decade'.
But Mr Conor Morris this week said: “the book contains mythical jokings of conjugal love” and he wouldn't have it in the school.
The matter arose at a meeting of the VEC on Monday when the board of management of the Longford school asked that the committee pay for the book that was in their library.
The book was purchased for Maeve Binchy to autograph when she visited the school as part of the Irish Times “Newspaper in the Classroom” project.
Mr Morris said he he wouldn't have the book in the school. He added that maybe he was getting obtuse in his old age. Mr Morris said that when he rang the school's career guidance teacher and asked him what he thought of it, he was told by the career guidance teacher that he was still reading “The Boss” and hadn't got around to Ms Binchy's book yet.