A fromer bank official in the Republic yesterday took a vow of poverty as he was ordained a Dominican priest.
Fr David Barrins (34), from Collooney, Co Sligo, was surrounded by family and friends during the ordination ceremony at St Mary's Priory Church, Pope's Quay, Cork.
The young priest admitted he was "nervous" before he undertook the traditional celebration of joining the priesthood after eight years' training.
"Since I served Mass at age nine or 10 it was something in my head," he told the Irish Independent last night. "In the 1990s there were lots of stories coming out and it wasn't something you tell your mates about."
He said he fought it for many years as he wanted to marry and have children.
Fr Barrins said he had "great fun" as he worked for AIB capital markets in the IFSC in Dublin as a bank official for two years.
"I decided 'I'll try it and it will get out of my system'," he said of his move to join the Dominicans first as a brother. "I thought it would drive me up the wall, but I think over the past eight years I have laughed more than I ever have."
Those joining the Irish Dominicans, a Catholic faith, take vows of poverty, chastity and obedience, and live in a monastic fashion within their houses.
Fr Barrins said it was a "great privilege as well as a responsibility" to help people cope with their problems.