Legendary priest honoured

FATHER Darcy McCarthy may be legendary on the Northern Rivers for Father Mac's Heavenly Puddings, but his story is about to be recorded in Australia's pre-eminent dictionary of national biography.

Researcher Marianne Payton, a semi-retired teacher and librarian from Cowra, is compiling the entry for the Australian Dictionary of Biography published by the Australian National University and said Father Darcy was an inspirational figure.

He is known nationally as the “pudding priest of Alstonville”. The biography is due to appear in the next hard copy edition but will be available online later this year.

Meanwhile the volunteers at Father Mac's factory in an old converted St Josephs Primary School classroom were hard at work yesterday.

Long-time volunteer Beverley Crethar said the finely tuned operation could turn out 30,000 to 50,000 puddings in their six-month season, and they kept up with the times and trends, this year offering gluten-free puddings for the first time.

“It's a great crew,” she said.

“Some of our volunteers are in their 80s and remember where they sat and which nuns taught them when they attended St Josephs.”


Ballina: Troy Daly's Butchery; Reynolds Butchery; Cherry St Butchery.

Alstonville: Summerland House Gift Shop and Nursery; Alstonville Plaza Butcher; NRMA Alstonville.

Lismore: Foodworks (previously Menins) or by phone on 6628 5474.

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