Fr Damian was ordained on June 3rd 1995 in his parish Church of the Assumption, Ballyphehane. Fr James Mc Sweeney, formerly of this parish, was ordained with him on that day.
His ordination was a proud occasion for his family. His Mom and Dad hailed from Ballyhea and Ballincollig, respectively. He has four brothers and one sister. Damian is known affectionately to his family as “The Revs”.
The O Mahony Brothers were keen hurlers with the ‘Barrs. His sister Colette, was a stylish camogie player who starred with Cork and the Barrs and won many accolades with her county and her club. According to his sister Colette, hurling wasn’t his greatest talent!! Damian’s time was put to other uses and the family used to say that “while the others were out playing, Damian was praying”. There can be no doubt that this accounts for a great deal of their successes on the playing field.
Damian’s first posting as a priest was as a curate to Mahon Parish and Chaplain to Nagle Community School. Within five years he had crossed the river to the Northside to join the parish of Clogheen and Knocknaheeney from where he was able to look across and keep a watchful eye on his home and the goings on in St Finbarr’s.
Damian left the Northside in 2007 to take up a ministry in the parish of Blackrock but like St Patrick and Ireland , he answered to the call of the Northside again when he returned to join the parish of Blackpool, the Glen and Ballyvolane. Except for a year spent as Chaplain to the Mercy University Hospital, Damian has been with us since then. His prayers have even helped Glen Rovers to win a few County Titles!
Damian is known across the Diocese by the many pilgrims who join in the Annual Diocesan Pilgrimages to Lourdes. He accompanies both the Summer and the October pilgrimages and is a great support to all who travel. Lourdes is a place close to his heart.
For us, the parishioners, we see Damian as a people’s priest. It is plain to see that he enjoys his work; he always has the kind and comforting word for young and old alike. He is a source of blessing to us all. He has become our honorary Northsider and we thank him for his exceptional service, generosity and faithfulness to us.
On this, your Silver Jubilee,we pray the Lord may continue to give you, Damian, the energy, enthusiasm and strength the parish has benefitted from since you came to us.
Gabhaimíd ár mbuíochas leat a Damian, is nár laga Dia thú!