Paddy Crosbie was born in Dublin in 1913.
His books are Tales from the School Around the Corner (Dublin and Cork, The Mercier Press, 1979); and Your Dinner’s Poured Out (with an introduction by James Plunkett, Dublin, O’Brien Press, 1981).
A teacher by profession, he worked as a script writer in the Capitol Theatre, Dublin to supplement what was then a low salary. He also wrote sketches for for the actor-comedian Noel Purcell in the Theatre Royal, and wrote rhyming monologues, stories and compositions for his own act.
He was the creator and presenter of The School Around The Corner, which began on radio in 1954 and was the first show to be pre-recorded for the newly-founded Telefís Éireann (later RTÉ) in 1961. He won a Jacob’s Award in 1964 “for his many amusing and entertaining contributions to Telefís Éireann”.
His most famous song was the theme song for The School Around The Corner. (Walton’s piano and musical instrument galleries (Publications Dept.) Ltd. Dublin, 1955).
In 1979 he was honoured by Pope John Paul II with the Papal decoration, the Benemerenti medal.
He lived in Dublin all his life and died in there in 1982.
Uploaded by larko1952 on 3 Apr 2012
Thomas Walsh interviewed by Paddy Crosbie in the Largest School in Ireland, Mount La Salle School Ballyfermot, Dublin, 1950s