Naming Our School
Dean Maguirc College is called after Dean Brian Maguirc. 
 
Who was Dean Brian Maguirc?
 
Dean Brian Maguirc was born in 1622 in the town land of Aughnagreggan, about two miles from Carrickmore. Those were difficult times in Ireland and as Brian grew up he would have been keenly aware of the efforts being made to wipe out every trace of the Catholic religion. At that time, for example, priest-hunting was in operation and anyone knowing of the whereabouts of a priest, was expected to inform on him. The reward for seizing a priest and having him put in jail was £5, while the person who refused to inform was liable to have his ears cut off. In spite of the severe persecution, Brian decided to become a priest and as such, for a long number of years, in very difficult circumstances, he worked closely with Oliver Plunkett (now Saint Oliver Plunkett) and others to ensure that our Catholic faith would survive.
 
During those years he suffered many periods of imprisonment and indeed it was while awaiting trial in Armagh jail that he died on 13th February, 1713, at the age of ninety-one. Today in his native parish the name of the Dean has been kept fresh by the naming after him, our secondary school which serves the parish of Termonmaguirk, Pomeroy, Beragh and adjoining parishes.
 
Oliver Plunkett said Brian was “a learned an exemplary priest” and “a man pre-eminent for the integrity of his life and learning”. Gifted by God with a long life, an excellent education and great intelligence, he was one of the most significant priests of the Penal Days.
 

Recently there has been a growing interest in Dean Brian, his life and work and a feeling that steps should be taken to introduce his cause for beatification. There would seem little doubt that a man who did so much great work in such difficult times is a saint and a true patron of “The Dean”, of this area and of Ireland. 

Dean Maguirc College is called after Dean Brian Maguirc. 
 
Who was Dean Brian Maguirc?
 
Dean Brian Maguirc was born in 1622 in the town land of Aughnagreggan, about two miles from Carrickmore. Those were difficult times in Ireland and as Brian grew up he would have been keenly aware of the efforts being made to wipe out every trace of the Catholic religion. At that time, for example, priest-hunting was in operation and anyone knowing of the whereabouts of a priest, was expected to inform on him. The reward for seizing a priest and having him put in jail was £5, while the person who refused to inform was liable to have his ears cut off. In spite of the severe persecution, Brian decided to become a priest and as such, for a long number of years, in very difficult circumstances, he worked closely with Oliver Plunkett (now Saint Oliver Plunkett) and others to ensure that our Catholic faith would survive.
 
During those years he suffered many periods of imprisonment and indeed it was while awaiting trial in Armagh jail that he died on 13th February, 1713, at the age of ninety-one. Today in his native parish the name of the Dean has been kept fresh by the naming after him, our secondary school which serves the parish of Termonmaguirk, Pomeroy, Beragh and adjoining parishes.
 
Oliver Plunkett said Brian was “a learned an exemplary priest” and “a man pre-eminent for the integrity of his life and learning”. Gifted by God with a long life, an excellent education and great intelligence, he was one of the most significant priests of the Penal Days.
 

Recently there has been a growing interest in Dean Brian, his life and work and a feeling that steps should be taken to introduce his cause for beatification. There would seem little doubt that a man who did so much great work in such difficult times is a saint and a true patron of “The Dean”, of this area and of Ireland. 

Dean Maguirc College

Address:
Dean Maguirc College
26 Termon Road, Carrickmore,
Co Tyrone

BT799JR
Contact Details:
Telephone: 028 8076 1272
Fax: 028 8076 1028

E-mail:
info@deanmaguirccollege.carrickmore.ni.sch.uk