Father William, awarded the OB BRIAN D’Arcy, was awarded today by Prince William in a prestigious ceremony at Buckingham Palace.
Two of his sisters and a brother-in-law joined the father D’Arcy at the private ceremony in London.
An OBE is the second prize of the highest Order of the British Empire. Recognizes contributions to the arts and sciences, working with charities and welfare organizations and public service.
The priest was recognized for his services to inter-community relations in Northern Ireland.
Speaking to Independent.ie, he said that Prince William talked with each recipient of the award for about two minutes about his work without hand notes.
“He talked about my work and was eager to know if the situation in Northern Ireland was changing and I had hope for the future,” said Father D ‘Arcy.
“He was very kind and in good shape, with all the difficulties.
“The ceremony had a good feeling and was not political, it was about recognizing the good work of the recipients, all of which I felt was much more valuable than me to receive the OBE,” he added.
He said he received a tour of the palace later.
“The ceremony was about an hour and a half and there was a reception later. They showed us around the palace and it was great to see it, it’s not something you see very often.
“I felt very honored to receive the award and it was a very nice and warm day. It was all the good work and good actions of others and not politics, but to recognize the good work and progress of the community, ”he added.
Father D’Arcy, who lives in Fermanagh and will soon serve as a priest for half a century, added that he was going to celebrate with a dinner of fish and chips tonight in London.
“Now I’m going to eat with my family, fish and chips will help me and if the joke is good, there could even be a small steak,” he laughed.