Father Brian D’Arcy: ‘I regret not being married and having a family but that wasn’t possible... but I don’t regret being a priest’
Fr Brian D'Arcy was born in Co Fermanagh in June 1945 into a working-class family of four - two boys and two girls. He went to a small, rural primary school in Arney, near Enniskillen, which was demolished years ago and is now part of a graveyard. His parents sent him to school in Omagh aged nine to have an opportunity to sit the 11-plus. He lived with an aunt and, after passing the exam, he returned home and attended St Michael's College in Enniskillen. At 17, in 1962, he joined the novitiate of the Passionists, at the Graan Monastery in Fermanagh, and was ordained in December 1969. Next year, he will mark 50 years as a priest. He has also been a journalist and broadcaster since the mid-1960s.