It was 11:00pm when Father Brendan O’Reilly finally arrived at the ‘Palace’ as it was affectionately known amongst the priests of the State . The imposing building was where the Archbishop resided .

A magnificent two storey Georgian style mansion surrounded by extensive parklands and surprisingly no fences . The Archbishop believed in divine providence and that it would provide all of the necessary protection . Brendan pounded on the front door and shouted, “Let me in, let me in .”

His antics were enough to startle the neighbourhood dogs into barking . The porch light went on and the housekeeper, cautious as always, peered out from behind the partially opened door and asked in an agitated voice .