Death of former St Patrick's, Maghera head, Fr Robert Devine

Former St Patrick's, Maghera, principal Fr Robert Devine passed away on Monday.
Seamus McKinney

THE funeral has taken place of a former principal of St Patrick's College, Maghera, Fr Robert Devine.

Fr Devine served as principal of the south Derry school for almost 20 years from 1974 to 1993. A native of Donagheady near Strabane, Fr Devine passed away on Monday at the age of 85. He had been ill health for some time.

The Derry diocesan priest served much of his ministry in education and was also known to a generation of Derry city schoolboys as the dean of St Columb's College.

Following preparation for the priesthood at St Patrick's College, Maynooth, Fr Devine was ordained a priest in June 1957.

He spent a short time as curate at St Patrick's parish in Pennyburn in Derry city before taking up a teaching job at St Columb's College where he remained as dean until 1971.

Fr Devine moved to St Patrick's, Maghera initially as a teacher but was appointed principal of the south Derry college in 1974.

Following a year undertaking scripture studies in the US, Fr Devine served as curate in Strabane until 1995 before moving as parish priest to Drumquin where he remained until 2002. He served as parish priest at Donaghmore until 2008 but after that remained in the parish as priest in residence.

Fr Devine's funeral took place yesterday, Thursday at St Patrick's church, Killygordon in Co Donegal (Donaghmore parish) followed by burial at Aughabrack, his native parish.

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