Fr Jim Fegan moving to Ballindaggin parish
AFTER 27 years in the town, one of Wexford's best-known priests, Fr. Jim Fegan, is being transferred to the parish of Ballindaggin.
Fr. Fegan takes up his new position this Saturday (May 17) with Wexford curate Fr. Aodhan Markham taking over his role as Administrator in Wexford.
'It's a big shock to the system after 27 years ministering to the people of the town,' said Fr. Jim. 'I've never lived on my own and have never lived in the country,' said the 53-year-old Wexford priest, who has a large circle of friends in the town where he is well known for his larger-than-life, outgoing personality and great singing voice.
He said that six weeks ago when he sang at the funeral Mass for then-Ballindaggin PP Fr. John Sinnott, on his first visit to the village, he had no idea he would be taking the place of the late priest.
'Fr. Sinnott died and a vacancy was created. I was aware I would be moving later in the summer. When I sang at Fr. Sinnot's funeral I never saw myself as his successor, but that's the way the mop flops,' said Fr, Jim, who grew up in Dublin and has been part of the furniture in the town throughout much of his career as a priest.
He said Bishop Denis Brennan had asked him to remain as Chaplain in Loreto and he would retain his posts on the board of the Family Life Service, and with the Friends of Wexford General Hospital and the Hospital Community Alliance group. He said he would miss Wexford town and its people, but Ballindaggin is only 40 minutes up the road, and he was looking forward to a solitary role in the country.
Asked whether his new post would allow him to give full voice to his musical talents, Fr. Jim said he could only hope that he may be able to get together with the Ballindaggin Pipe Band 'to form a bit of music'.