The ordination on Sunday 1st of July of Fr Seán Mulligan from Knockatallon was the first from the area, and marked a joyous event for the new priest’s family and his neighbours and friends. The celebration on the feast of St Oliver Plunkett, bishop and martyr, was a fantastic occasion, and a capacity crowd attended St Macartan’s Cathedral to witness the proceedings.
Fr Seán was ordained a priest of the Diocese of Clogher by Bishop Noel Treanor of Down and Connor in St Macartan’s Cathedral, Monaghan, on Sunday 1 July 2018. Aged 47, Sean is the son of the late Michael and Philomena Mulligan. His two brothers, Paul and Michael, together with other family members were present to witness their brother’s ordination. Priests from all over the diocese and further afield were present also, including the Diocesan Administrator, Monsignor Joseph McGuinness and Bishops Joseph Duffy and Liam MacDaid, Bishops-Emeritus of Clogher. Deacons Martin Donnelly and Kevin Connolly served at the tables of the Word and Eucharist. The new priest was presented for ordination by the Parish Priest of Tydavnet, Fr Brian Early.
Sean was educated at St. Joseph’s N.S, Knockatallon, and Beech Hill College, Monaghan, before obtaining a National Diploma in Civil Engineering from Dundalk Institute of Technology (DKIT). After working for three years in the concrete business, Fr Seán took up a post with Monaghan GAA, coaching the skills of Gaelic Football and Hurling to primary school children in the north-Monaghan area. It was during this period that he felt a renewed inner-desire to serve God through the priesthood, but he chose instead to pursue a career in Intellectual Disability Nursing through DKIT and St. Mary’s Residential Centre, Drumcar, Co. Louth. He spent five years working as a staff nurse in St. Mary’s before finally answering the call to priesthood, entering formal studies for the Diocese of Clogher. Fr Mulligan completed his studies at the Pontifical Irish College in Rome, and was ordained a Deacon in Rome on 17th April 2017. The Rector of the Irish College, Monsignor Ciarán O’Carroll was among the concelebrants at the ordination.
Fr Seán ended his Ordination celebration with Benediction in St Joseph’s Chapel, Knockatallon at 9pm – a delightful devotion that highlights the fundamental mystery of the Holy Eucharist that Our Lord is truly present, body and blood, soul and divinity, in the Blessed Sacrament. We wish him every blessing in his ministry, ad multos annos!