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Fr. Mac Celebrates 50 Years of Priesthood

Canon Macartan McQuaid marked 50 years of Priesthood at a very solemn, uplifting and joyful celebration in St. Mellans Complex, Truagh, on Sunday June 18th 2017, exactly to the day 50 years from his ordination. He was born in Deragola in 1943, went to Deravoy NS first but the family moved to Moybridge and he transferred to Ballyoisin NS then to St. Macartan's College as a boarder. He entered Maynooth in 1960 and was ordained in St. Macartan's Cathedral in 1967. During his years as priest he served in St. Michael's College, Enniskillen; Catechetical Centre, Dundalk; Diocesan Advisor; Irvinestown; St. Patrick's Agricultural College; President of St. Michael's; Corcaghan; Clones; and is currently Chaplain to St. Michael's and Mt Lourdes colleges, Enniskillen as well as helping out at weekends in Donagh and Truagh. In his spare time, apart from calling with his wide family circle and visiting various people in need of a listening ear, he is a GAA supporter having been a player and a winning captain, mentor, manager, and indeed a knowledgeable pundit in the right circles; a man who enjoys going round a golf course; and a very social man in company, especially at a party.
The celebration began with Mass in the open air with himself as main celebrant but concelebrated by over twenty of his fellow priests. As the priests came in procession to the Altar they passed a Guard of Honour supplied by youth from Truagh Juvenile Club dressed in the football gear. Hymns and music added to the solemnity and friends and family were involved in all parts of the Liturgy. After Mass Brian Treanor was MC and he introduced a representative from Corcaghan, Clones, St. Michael's and Mount Lourdes and they told us of their experience of Fr. Mac while he was there and all were very complimentary of his qualities as priest. Two poems were read - one by Maureen McAree and one by Brian Treanor and both were very humorous and informative. Bernie Woods then gave a powerful rendition of the The Stately Woods of Truagh by special request. Truagh Football Club made a presentation to Fr. Mac before all headed for the Clubhouse where food was served to all. Fr. Mac, assisted by his sister, Gertie, cut a special cake and, with the assistance of a number of local youth, he planted an Oak tree at the grounds to commemorate the occasion. It was a beautiful and enjoyable event and over 900 people were touched by the entire ceremony. Well done to Fr. Macartan and all his helpers for giving us such a memorable occasion and we wish him years and years of happiness and the health to continue his great work and bringing solace to so many.

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