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In sport, the disproportionate clout of private schoolboys can be seen in the successful proselytising of their chosen religion - rugby - and the now settled law that BOD is God. Not that Brian O'Driscoll isn't great, but only a handful of (mostly private) schools throughout the country play the gentleman's game, nowhere near the number that play soccer or Gaelic.

Rugby is actually only slightly less niche than those other private-school pastimes, tennis or hockey.

If a private schoolboy commits a crime, the school's name is generally emblazoned in the newspaper headline, along with the crime itself and some tutting about the lawyers that he can afford; the Annabel's trials were most memorable in this regard.

In politics, 'D4' is still a slur, and while private schoolboys have an advantage in our corridors of power, they are still vastly outnumbered by the unwashed mass of publicans, auctioneers and teachers who stuff Leinster House.

More than any other game, it seems to cross-pollinate the worlds of business and politics.

In business, nearly half of leaders of Irish publicly listed companies went to private school.

Elite colleges such as Blackrock, Belvedere and Clongowes Wood (which has an especially high CEO count - including Michael O'Leary) made up 40pc of Irish company leaders.

The current governor of the Central Bank is an old Blackrock boy.

Even the arts sector, long the province of working-class talents, has lately become colonised by private schoolboys, with all the hallmarks of their ilk: entitled, dapper, and with an iron ambition concealed by velvet manners.

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