Fascinating new book on Gaoth Dobhair's 'Patriot Priest'

Canon James McFadden remembered

By Eamonn McFadden


By Eamonn McFadden




Author Martin 'Jim' McFadden pictured with Joyson Joy from Radio Maria at the launch.

A large crowd gathered in Carriagrt Parochial Hall on Saturday evening for the launch of a new book on the life of Canon James McFadden, known as the "Patriot Priest".

The book is published by author, Martin ‘Jim’ McFadden from Carrigart, who said the new title is merely the resurrection of a chapter on the noted clergyman that appeared in a book by Proinnsias O’Gallchobhair and he thanked all those who helped him with the book as it approaches the centenary of his death.

Mary Gallagher, from Falcarragh, great-grandniece of Canon McFadden, performed the official opening and spoke passionately about the highly regarded Canon as a spiritual and political leader, community activist and advocate of the Irish language, who emerged as a champion of the people during a turbulent time of landlordism and hardship.

Master of Ceremonies was Joyson Joy from Radio Maria in Dublin who outlined that Martin Jim's autobiography "Don't Go There" was also an important new release that is also now available.  

He stated there was an important link between both publications in that the are about courage in dealing with both external and internal problems.