The Diocese of Clogher will celebrate the Golden jubilee of the Ordination to the Priesthood of Bishop Liam McDaid on Sunday, July 14 at 8pm.
Bishop McDaid is a native of Bundoran, Co Donegal, born in the south of the county on 19 July 1945.
Having completed his studies at St Macartan’s College, Monaghan, and at St Patrick’s College, Maynooth, he was ordained to the Priesthood by the then Archbishop of Dublin, Dr John Charles McQuaid on 15 June 1969.
He joined the teaching staff of St Macartan’s College, Monaghan in 1970 and was President of the college from 1981 until 1989.
From 1990 until 1993 he served in the parish of Aghavea and Aghintaine (Fivemiletown and Brookeboro) in Counties Tyrone and Fermanagh before being appointed Diocesan Secretary and Chancellor of the Diocese.
Bishop McDaid was at the same time Administrator of the parish of Tyholland in County Monaghan from 1993 until 2010.
Bishop MacDaid was appointed Bishop of Clogher by Pope Benedict XVI in May 2010 and ordained bishop on 25 July 2010 in St Macartan’s Cathedral, Monaghan.
He led the diocese with great diligence for over six years until his retirement on health grounds was accepted by Pope Francis on 1 October 2016.
Bishop McDaid is a lifelong member of the GAA and played with the now-former St Joseph’s club (Bundoran and Ballyshannon) with which he won several Donegal Senior Football Championship titles and an All-Ireland club title (then an unofficial competition) in 1968.
He also won an Ulster Under 21 Championship medal with Donegal in 1966.