more about the Venerable Roderick Smyth

Born in Belfast within sight of the shipyard cranes and the Oval football ground, home of my beloved Glentoran. (They were a good team in those days) Educated at Grosvenor Grammar School and a chorister in St Anne’s Cathedral, where I also sang as a bass lay clerk in my university days. Studied music at Queen’s University, Belfast, trained as a teacher and taught for thirty three years, the last ten of which as Head of Senior School at Bangor Academy, a large comprehensive school of about 1500 pupils in North Down. A late vocation, I studied theology at Queen’s University, Lampeter University and at CITI. Curate of St John’s Malone and moved to the Nenagh Union in September 2016.

What are you good at? Good at punctuality and time management.

What would you like to be better at? Would love to be better at IT skills.

Who should play you in a film of your life? Robert Redford should play me in a film of my life – I only say this because I was known as ‘little Redford’ for some reason when I was at college?

If you weren’t clergy, what job would you have? What job would you like to have had? I would be a musician and the best job of all would be to be a bass singer with ‘The Sixteen.’

Mozart or Metallica? Mozart, of course!

What would be your idea of a perfect day? A relaxing day by the pool in southern France and attending a performance of the Monteverdi Vespers in a cathedral in the evening.

Luxury Cruise or white water rafting? Neither – I can’t think of anything worse!

Three things no-one knows about you – two of which are true, the other not – don’t say which! I have a chronic fear of rats. I obsess about minutiae. I once nearly fell to my death while rock climbing.

Craziest thing you have ever done Flew to Hawaii for a party for a few days!

One thing that makes your blood boil? Brexit!

Other than Jesus, which Biblical character would you like to have dinner with? John the Baptist.