After a vacancy of eight months, the Parish of Drumachose has a new rector. The Reverend Canon Aonghus Mayes, currently Rector of Moy and Charlemont in the Diocese of Armagh, has been appointed to succeed Canon Sam McVeigh, who retired at the end of January.
The appointment means a return to the Diocese of Derry and Raphoe for the new incumbent. His father, the late Canon John Mayes, was Rector of All Saints, Clooney from 1985-2007 and Aonghus’s mother, Alison, still lives in Londonderry.
Canon Mayes says he is “looking forward” to the next phase in his ministry. “I’ve loved Moy, but I’m very much looking forward to moving to Limavady, and getting settled in, and getting to know everybody and making it my home.”
The former Foyle College pupil, who serves on the Chapter of Saint Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin, can expect a warm welcome from his new parishioners. “Canon McVeigh was there [in Limavady] for 32 years,” he says. “His predecessor was there for something similar. It says something for a place when clergy stay there that long.
Canon Mayes spent eleven years in Moy. “My parishioners may be delighted [that he is moving] and thinking, ‘At last!’
“I’ve loved it here, though. I couldn’t have asked for a more supportive congregation, but the time comes to move.”
The new incumbent’s Service of Institution is expected to take place early in the new year.