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Most Revd Eamon Martin, Archbishop of Armagh, was born in Derry in 1961. He went to St Patrick’s Primary School and St Columb’s College, Derry then to St Patricks College, Maynooth to study for the priesthood. During this time he took degrees in Mathematical Science and Theology. His postgraduate studies were at Queen’s University Belfast, the Institute of Education in London and the University of Cambridge. After ordination on 28 June 1987, Fr Eamon was appointed to Templemore Parish in Derry City, serving as curate at St Eugene’s Cathedral. In 1990 he went to teach Mathematics and Religion at his old school, St Columb’s College, where he became Head of Religious Education in 1997 and eventually President of the College, a post he held for eight years. After leaving St Columb’s in 2008, Fr Eamon was appointed Executive Secretary of the Irish Bishops’ Conference but he returned to his native diocese as Vicar General just over two years later. Also in 2010 he was appointed Chaplain to His Holiness. Upon the retirement of Bishop Séamus Hegarty, Monsignor Eamon was elected as Diocesan Administrator of the Diocese of Derry. On 18 January 2013 it was announced that His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI had appointed Monsignor Eamon as Coadjutor Archbishop of Armagh. He was ordained Coadjutor Archbishop of Armagh on 21 April 2013 in St Patrick’s Cathedral, Armagh and on the retirement of Cardinal Seán Brady, succeeded him as Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland on 8 September 2014.


Thinking Allowed Event Clonliffe Thursday 24 May 7:30pm