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What I believe: In conversation with Canon Kathleen McAteer

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Reconciliation work: Canon Kathleen McAteer

Reconciliation work: Canon Kathleen McAteer

Reconciliation work: Canon Kathleen McAteer

Canon Kathleen McAteer was recently appointed as a Canon in St Columb's Cathedral in Londonderry and is the first female Canon in its 400-year history.

Q. Can you tell us something about your background?

A. I was born in 1951, the second daughter of the Coppenhall Rectory where my dad, Gordon, was rector. He was always called Rob and he had been a curate there, and married my mum (Do) the daughter of his rector. When I was four we moved to Ellesmere Port, when dad was appointed vicar there. I came to Northern Ireland to study at Magee University College. I met my husband Fergus in Magee library and we were married in 1973 in Ellesmere Port. We have four sons, four daughters-in-law and seven grandchildren.