Well-known Enniskillen clergymen, the Very Rev. Canon Peter O'Reilly, Parish Priest, and the Dean of Clogher, the Very Rev. Kenneth Hall are off to London by Royal Appointment! They have received an invitation from Her Majesty the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh to attend a Diamond Jubilee Reception in Buckingham Palace on Tuesday evening, October 16.
This reception is to recognise the contribution and support she received on her Jubilee visit to Enniskillen, believes the Dean, who is very excited about the 'return visit', which follows on the success of the Royal Visit in June this year. The Dean, Rector of St. Macartin's Cathedral, said that both he and Canon Peter, of St. Michael's Church, Enniskillen, are delighted to have received the invitations and will be delighted to attend.
"We realise that without the immense help we received from the many who were involved in the organising on behalf of both St. Michael's and St. Macartin's, the occasion would, without doubt, not have been the success it was," commented the Dean.
He added: "On behalf of both of us I again say a sincere thank you to all who worked so hard (many behind the scenes) to make the Royal Visit to Enniskillen an unforgettable occasion which gained a worldwide audience." During their visit to Fermanagh on Tuesday, June 26, 2012, the Royal Visitors attended a Service of Thanksgiving to mark The Queen's Diamond Jubilee in St. Macartin's Church of Ireland Cathedral and afterwards they took the historic walk across the road to be warmly greeted in St. Michael's Roman Catholic Church, where they met people from various local organisations and interests. Her afternoon engagement was to officially open the new South West Acute Hospital.
The Bishop of Clogher, the Rt. Rev. John McDowell, during his President's Address at the Clogher Diocesan Synod in Enniskillen last week, also reflected on the visit of The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh and said "how joyful an occasion it turned out to be." He said that he knew the Dean was still being contacted by people worldwide saying how much they enjoyed the televised coverage.
Everywhere he goes, he too is "showered with very positive comments" said the Bishop, who went on to tell Synod members: "And there is no doubt which part of the televised coverage has made the greatest impact; and that is the walk across the road by the clergy, Protestant and Roman Catholic, to St. Michael's Church. That part of the day was only possible because Canon O'Reilly and his parishioners entered so wholeheartedly into the spirit of the occasion; and for that I wish to thank him and them equally wholeheartedly." All in all it was a great day, he added.