Fr. Brian D'Arcy C.P.
Father Brian D'Arcy was born in Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh in June 1945. He is one of a family off four, two boys and two girls. His father Hugh was a noted Gaelic footballer who played inter-county football for more than a decade. He was educated at Mullymesker Primary School and Omagh CBS before returning to St Michael's College, Enniskillen, to complete his secondary education.
He entered the Passionist Religious Congregation in 1962 and was professed at The Graan, Enniskillen, in 1963. He began his university education at UCD in 1963 and persued his studies for the priesthood in Mount Argus Monastery, Dublin, (1963 - 67) and in Cloonamahon, Co. Sligo (1968-70). He was ordained a Passionist priest in 1969 in St Michael's College, Ennskillen.
In August 1970 he was appointed editor of The Cross magazine and resided in Mount Argus until 1975, when he was appointed production editor of the Catholic Communications Centre in Dublin. He served for many years as parish priest at Mount Argus in Dublin, before returning to Enniskillen in 1989 as superior at St. Gabriel's Retreat, The Graan. He left to become Superior in Crossgar and returned to Superior of The Graan in January 2001
His career in journalism began in 1967 when he wrote regularly for various pop magazines at home and abroad. He was the first priest in Ireland to be admitted to the National Union of Journalists. His weekly column in the Sunday World has been running for the past 27 years. Brian D'Arcy is a well-known broadcaster and television personality. He has his own series of interviews on BBC Ulster and is a "Pause For Thought" contributor on Terry Wogan's morning show on BBC Radio 2. He now broadcasts a weekly programme with BBC Radio Ulster, 'Sunday With Brian D'Arcy'. He has broadcast for 2 FM since its first day of broadcast and more recently has his own slot on RTE Radio 1 on "Both Sides Now".
He is a self-confessed "fanatical" sports enthusiast. Gaelic football is his favourite recreation but he is also well known for his association with Shamrock Rovers and many of the international soccer players are his friends. Among his more unusual pastimes is his voluntary role as chaplain to the entertainment industry. This brings him in close contact with the major personalities in pop music.
Through his Ministry Fr Brian has worked in different parts of Ireland as well as the USA. He spent two terms in South Africa and he regards this as the most fruitful period of his life. His favourite charity is the Helping Hand Fund, which helps the poor of Ireland, north and south.