A very joyful celebration took place in St. Naul’s Church, Ardaghey on Sunday when Fr Seamus Gallahger was installed as the new Parish Priest for Inver.
The parish was honoured to have Bishop Philip Boyce D.D. officiating at the 11.30am Mass. Present also was Fr. Michael Gokum who, for the past number of weeks, was ‘filling in’ while the parish awaited a replacement for the late Fr. John McLoone.
Fr John passed away in July, aged 71. A native of Glenties, he was immensely popular priest who also served in Clar, Letterkenny and on Tory Island. He had struggled bravely with health problems for 30 years. Bishop Boyce spoke fondly of the late Fr. John and how much he had contributed to the life of the parish.
Bishop Boyce also said Inver was lucky to have a priest coming into the parish, due to the low number of vocations in the diocese. He asked everyone to pray for an increase in vocations to the priesthood.
Fr. Seamus said it gave him great joy that his first duty as Parish Priest of Inver was to baptise a baby after Mass.
As Mass ended, the congregation applauded as Bishop Boyce, Fr. Michael and Fr. Seamus processed down the aisle while the choir sang ‘Lord of Ardaghey.’
Fr Seamus is a native of Dungloe. He comes to Inver from Newtowncunningham, where he was also Parish Priest. He also served as curate of Inver Parish, and as priest in Ballybofey, Tory Island, Lettermacaward and Gaoth Dobhair, in addition to spending several