Worthy Celebration

Many people gathered in Mullinabreena on Sunday and Monday for the ordination and First Mass of Brendan McCarrick.  A native of the parish of Achonry-Mullinabreena, Brendan was ordained a priest of the Pallottine Order.  Bishop Brendan Kelly ordained him in the presence of family, friends, priests of the Pallottine community as well as diocesan priests and religious.  It was a joyful occasion and with all there, I wish Brendan every happiness and blessing in his ministry.

I took a few photos to include on our Diocesan Website so will include some of them here as well.


  1. Nice to have these lovely photos as souvenirs of a moving and joyful occasion. Nice too for a Dubliner like myself to visit Mullinabreena, a place hitherto unknown but now forever on the map thanks to the ordination I attended in the church there. I had the chance too to learn more about the diocese of Achonry and hear about the good work being done by the priests and people there — among them people whose paths I crossed many years ago in Maynooth College. Edward Thomas has a poem about a small place in the heart of rural England where the train stopped long ago, allowing him to note the name of the station: ‘Adlestrop’ (see https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems-and-poets/poems/detail/53744). Well, ‘Mullinabreena’ will be even deeper engraved in my mind for the associations it will have for me.

    • Donal, great to see you on Sunday (and Monday) but sorry we didn’t really get to chat much. I left fairly quickly on both occasions. Yes, it was a lovely gathering. Great to see Brendan so content and fulfilled. In sharp contrast to events in France the following morning. If you get a chance you might send me your contact details (you can use the CONTACT tab on this site). We will get in touch at some stage. Thanks for checking in! Vincent

    • Donal, Just read the poem you referenced. Very good and relevant. At some stage, when time allows, you might like to have look at this old post http://sherlockshome.ie/in-or-out-of-rhyme/ You see I did listen in class. Well sometimes anyway:)

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