FRIDAY’S CHILD Father Eddie Gallagher

Father Eddie Gallagher.
Father Eddie Gallagher.

This week’s Friday’s child a few days before St. Columba’s Day on Tuesday June 9 is Fr. Eddie Gallagher, Administrator of St Columba’s Parish, Long Tower, Fr. Eddie was born in Brooklyn, New York and came with his family to Derry at the age of 10 in 1977. The family eventually settled in Carnhill and he attended St. Eugene’s Primary School and St. Columb’s College. Fr. Eddie was ordained to the priesthood on June 12, 1994 and since then has served for four years in Holy Family, Ballymagroarty, five years on Derry Diocesan Mission to Belize in Central America, Cappagh Parish, nine years in Limavady and in October 2013 was appointed to Long Tower. Fr. Eddie is the eldest child of the six children of Evelina and the late William Gallagher.

Quiet natured and someone who is methodical when doing things.

Father Eddie as a baby.

Father Eddie as a baby.

Happiest childhood memory?

Catching a “high fly ball” in a baseball game in Little League aged 9 in Brooklyn New York.

What was your first job?

My first job was actually as a cantor leading singing at ceremonies on Lough Derg in the summer of 1987.

Favourite book?

You would probably expect me to say the Bible but to be more precise I would highlight one book of the Bible, the story of the Early Church found in the Acts of the Apostles. Outside of religious books I enjoy political biographies or fiction like Jeffrey Archer’s First Among Equals. The novel which has stayed with me most was Graham Greene’s The Power and the Glory.

Favourite film?

My favourite film has to be The Godfather 3 for all the drama and intrigue.

Favourite television programme?

I guess the answer to that changes over time as programmes come and go. I suppose the only that has stood the test of time is Match of the Day. Other than that it has to be The West Wing.

Favourite expression?

My favourite expression is from St. Pio - “Pray, hope and don’t worry.”

Favourite method of relaxation?

A short walk down ‘The Line.’

Favourite holiday destination?

The winner there has to be the Eternal City, Rome, with the Algarve a close second.

Who would you most like to meet?

I would like to meet Pope Francis and have a few words in Spanish with him.

What makes you angry?

The abuse of power.

What makes you happy?

Derry City, Derry GAA or Liverpool winning!

What human quality do you most admire?

Selflessness.

What human quality do you least admire?

Smugness.

What has been the most embarrassing thing to happen to you?

Getting “six of the best” with the strap in my second year in St. Columb’s in front of the whole class.

What was the worst thing to happen to you in your life?

The death of my father in 1995.

What is your greatest fear?

Standing by a deep river’s edge and falling in.

What has been the high point of your life to date?

My ordination to the priesthood by Bishop Francis Lagan on June 12 1994 in St. Brigid’s Carnhill.

How would you like to be remembered?

I would like to be remembered as a human being who always tried to make people aware of God’s love and mercy in their lives .

What is your most treasured possession?

Has to be the small collection of the relics of St Pio and St Therese, Blessed Francisco of Fatima and some Gartan clay that I always carry around with me.

If you won the lotto what would you do with it?

I would send it and give it to projects to support education in Belize Central America where I worked for five years on the Missions.

If you could be granted one wish in life, what would you ask for?

That I could be given the power to bring an end to inequality, poverty and hunger in the world.

If you could write your own epitaph what would it be?

In the words of the Beatles song “ I got by with a little help from my friends.”

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