Independent People: Fr. Michael Canny

Independent People Fr. Michael Canny

Urris priest Fr. Michael Canny is the first guest in our new weekly ‘Independent People’ column, which will feature some well-known faces from around Inishowen.

A former pupil of Tiernasligo National School and Carndonagh Community School, the 56-year-old studied for the priesthood at St. Kieran’s College, Kilkenny in the 1970s.

He was ordained a priest in 1981, going on to serve at a number of different parishes in Derry, where he is now Parish Priest at Glendermott in the Waterside.

Fr. Canny is also a leading media spokesperson for the Derry Diocese.

A keen supporter of Liverpool FC, he likes to keep fit, still plays football regularly and will this weekend cycle fifty miles for charity. He also returns home every week to Dunaff to visit his mother Rose.


Which five words best sum you up?
Fair, sporty, sincere, easy-going and musically illiterate.

What was your first job?
My present vocation [job] has been my one and only job.

Who was your hero growing up?
Kevin Keegan – a great Liverpool player who seemed to have it all – at least in my teenage eyes!

Favourite film?
Shawshank Redemption.

Favourite book?
‘Man’s Search For Meaning’ by the prisoner of war camp survivor Viktor E. Frankl.

Favourite TV show?
Match of the Day.

If you were Taoiseach for a day what would you do?
Roll out of bed, scratch my head, roll back into bed and pull the clothes over my head until the day had passed.

Which Inishowen person do you most admire?
I regret to say that there is no one in recent times or indeed at present who inspires me. There are a lot of good people in the area but not outstanding person to admire.

What has been the high point of your life?
The day I was ordained a priest by then Bishop Edward Daly in June 1981.

And the low point?
I can honestly say that none come to mind.

Who would you most like to meet?
Pope Francis – his humility and warmth attracts me.

What one remaining ambition would you most like to fulfil?
I think I am as far as the master can put me! Live to a good old age and have good health to continue active in my priesthood.


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