A well-known local father of two has been ordained a priest in the Roman Catholic Church – 53 years after he first entered the seminary at St Patrick’s College, Carlow.

Rev. John Magner, a native of Castletownroche, was ordained to the priesthood for service in the Diocese of Cloyne on Sunday last, June 25, at St Colman’s Cathedral, Cobh, Co. Cork.

John, who was Deacon in Mitchelstown for the past year, is currently resident in Whitechurch. He received his primary education in Castletownroche National School and his secondary education in both CBS Doneraile and St Colman’s College, Fermoy.

In 1964, at eighteen years of age, John entered the seminary at St Patrick’s College, Carlow, for formation to the priesthood for the Diocese of Cloyne. He didn’t complete his priestly studies at that stage, however, and some years after leaving seminary he met and married Maria O’Mahony, and the couple had two daughters, Gemma and Emily.

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CAPTION: Each of the priests present at the ordination ceremony lay their hands on the head of Rev Magner calling down the Holy Spirit on him. This photo shows Fr Kevin Mulcahy making this prayer, in the presence of Bishop William Crean and Fr Eamonn Barry. (Pic: John Finn, Carrigtwohill)