Magilligan priest appeals for more support

Fr Frank O'Hagan pictured with Sheila Crawford on the 40th anniversary of his ordination. (1006SL24)

Fr Frank O'Hagan pictured with Sheila Crawford on the 40th anniversary of his ordination. (1006SL24)

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The parish priest of Magilligan Fr Frank O’Hagan has appealed to parishioners to increase their contributions to allow the parish to survive.

His comments came in a letter circulated to homes in the area warning that the parish is no longer viable and faces being amalgamated with Limavady and losing its own parish priest.

Fr O’Hagan said in the letter, “This has been very disturbing, not to say shattering, news for all of us. For this reason we need your help!”

The PP said around 270 people in the parish are providing about £800 a week in the Sunday collection at the moment towards covering the running of the chapel, the hall and parochial house, and other expenses. He said he’d like to set up a facility where the other 600 people in the parish could contribute at around £2 per week per adult, and per child if they wished.

He added that this needs to be done urgently.

The Derry diocese, in a statement, said Fr O’Hagan’s appeal illustrated the reality facing some parishes with small but dedicated congregations.

“We commend Fr O’Hagan and all who will work with him in this noble cause,” the statement said.