The prayers were said on Sunday in St Eunan’s Church, Raphoe, by parish priest Fr Dinny McGettigan (72).
The popular priest surprised parishioners when he was praying for local people who had recently died.
The last name he read out was that of Muammar Gadafy.
Asked by the Donegal News, afterwards why he had prayed for the ruthless dictator who had earned the nickname “Mad Dog”.
“I would pray for anyone, so I have no problem whatsoever praying for Muammar Gadafy,” Fr McGettigan said.
Asked if he thought it was all right to pray for the soul of a man who murdered, maimed and oppressed Libyan citizens for four decades, Fr McGettigan said. “That’s all the more reason to pray for him. They all need our prayers no matter who they are.”
One parishioner, who did not wish to be named, told the Donegal News: “It bothered no one.
Fr Dinny is a very Christian man and would pray for anyone. He was stabbed during a break-in at the parochial house 10 years ago. When the matter went to court, Fr McGettigan stood up and pleaded with the judge not to send the man to jail. That’s just the kind of person he is.”
Cork priest who did pioneering speech therapy celebrated
The life and work of a priest who did pioneering work in speech therapy is being celebrated in an exhibition at University College Cork. His techniques were particularly successful in helping people who stammered.
In January 1961, the BBC televised a programme, It Happened to Me, which recounted the life of Fr Christy O’Flynn, an 80-year-old parish priest of Passage West, who had by then become a legend in his native Cork.
More than 30 years earlier, Fr O’Flynn had opened a school of drama, music and philosophy, next to Shandon steeple in Cork city, which became known as the Loft.
The Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences at UCC recently hosted an exhibition to celebrate the priest’s work and the progress made in the last few decades in providing speech and language therapy for the people of Cork.
The exhibition features images from Fr O’Flynn’s life, panels describing his work in the Loft, a bust and artefacts such as handwritten notes.
It was officially launched at the Jennings Gallery, Brookfield Health Sciences Complex, UCC, and runs until November 4th.