Fr Eugen Dragos Tamas has arrived to Kildare and Leighlin from the Diocese of Iasi, Romania.

Fr Eugen will be given a few weeks to acclimatise to Irish life and will then make his move to the parish of Tinryland.

In a quick meet and greet earlier he answered some short questions so we can get to know him better.

Is there an English version of your name?
Not really, people can just call me Fr Eugene.

Whereabouts in Romania are you from?
I am from Bacau, the same city Fr Laurence is from.

How many years have you been ordained?
I have been ordained for 2 years

What work or ministry have you done in Romania?
I have spent 2 years as a curate in a countryside village, in which there are 4 churches, 1 priest and about 3,000 Catholic families.

What parish are you going to?
In a few weeks I will be going to Tinryland Parish.

What are you looking forward to?
I am looking forward to meeting people, perfecting my English and all the work I have to do for the glory of God in Ireland.

Have you ever been to Ireland before?
No, so I am looking forward to learning everything about here!

What are your hobbies and interests?
I like playing guitar, I enjoy reading and I also like working on computers.

What are your favourite foods?
I like a Romanian dish called “Sarmale” and I am looking forward to tasting Irish cuisine also.

Fr Eugene explained Sarmale is a dish of cabbage rolls stuffed with minced pork or beef – if Fr Eugene is used to bacon and cabbage he will fit right in!

We are sure he will receive a warm welcome from the people of Tinryland and indeed the whole Diocese of Kildare and Leighlin.