A Cahir town native who has been a missionary priest in Nigeria, and is now ‘retired’ to Ireland, will be celebrating his Golden Jubilee this week.
Fr John Peter O’Callaghan CC, now living in Passage East and a native of Cahir, reached his jubilee on June 24, and the event will be celebrated with family and friends this week.
Fr John was born in Carrack Street, Cahir, where his sisters Mary T and Tess still reside. As a young man, in his early 20s, he entered the Holy Ghost Order in Nottingham, England, and was later ordained there.
He was firstly assigned to missionary work in Nigeria, where he spent four years. His work there involved him in organising meetings and functions for diocesan clergy, a duty which he seemed to have had a great aptitude. Fr John recalls that in the course of his missionary travels there he had sometimes to be carried across rivers on the reliable shoulders of native men - a fact which he recalls with amusement.
After his return from Nigeria, Fr John expressed a wish to be inducted into the clerical parochial system. This resulted in his appointment as a priest in the diocese of Salford, near Manchester.
Like most Irish people the ‘pull’ of his native soul beckoned and Fr John got an appointment under the late Bishop Russell as priest in Knockanaore, adjacent to Youghal.
His next appointment was Passage East, where he is now retired.
Fr John’s family, brothers Berchmans, David, sisters Mary T and Tess, nephews, nieces, grandnephews and grandnieces which him many more golden day of health and happiness.