THERE will be an evening of celebration in Truagh, Co Monaghan tonight to mark the golden jubilee of Canon Macartan McQuaid.
The event, to mark 50 years since Canon McQuaid was ordained a priest, takes place today, Sunday, June 18, at St Mellan’s Park in the 74-year-old’s home parish of Truagh. Beginning at 6pm, there will be a Mass followed by music and refreshments.
“It’s an open invitation to family, friends and people which whom I’ve worked over the years. It’s open air so there will be enough space for whoever wishes to come,” Canon McQuaid said.
“It’s a Mass of thanksgiving 50 years of health and working as a priest and enjoying life. I’m glad to celebrate this long spell that’s been given to me, health and enjoyment.”
There will no doubt be plenty of Fermanagh parishioners in attendance, due to Canon McQuaid’s strong links to the county. Principal of St Michael’s College from 1978 until 1994, he was parish priest in Irvinestown for a year, before becoming parish priest in Clones where he spent 10 years. He is currently chaplain at St Michael’s and Mount Lourdes.
• For more on Canon McQuaid’s anniversary see next week’s Herald.