A priest that came to international prominence in 2001 when he walked with children to Holy Cross Primary School in the Ardoyne area of Belfast amidst ugly scenes of hatred and violence is making a special visit to Co. Tyrone next month.
Fr Aidan Troy from the Passionist Order is coming back from the St Joseph's Parish in Paris to speak to parishioners in a tiny Tyrone village as part of Temperance weekend celebrations organised by the local Pioneer Total Abstinence Association. Fr Troy will celebrate two masses in St Patrick's Church, Eglish outside Dungannon on Saturday and Sunday 5th and 6th March.
Fr Troy was transferred to Paris in 2008 amid a huge outcry from parishioners in North Belfast. Thousands of people signed petitions, phoned local radio stations and blogged on the Internet pleading for him to stay. He was lauded for his work in Belfast on reconciliation and his support for those families affected by suicide; one of the topics he will speak on whilst in Eglish. He will also speak of the distress and damage caused in communities with the ravages of alcohol and its abuse on the weekend when a reduction of alcohol is sought, days before the start of Lent.
Father Aidan was stationed in the Ardoyne Holy Cross Parish for seven years having previously worked in Democratic Republic of Congo (formerly Zaire), in the United Sates, Indonesia and South Africa.
Parishioners in Eglish will be able to join Fr Troy for supper after the 7.30 p.m. Saturday night vigil Mass in the Parochial Hall and will also have a chance to meet him after the 11.00 a.m. Mass on the Sunday. The Mass will be broadcast on Radio Ulster's Sunday Sequence programme on Sunday 6th March.
For further information or an interview with Fr Troy please contact Brian Jordan on 07885 135909