The husband of a Longford woman has made religious history in Ireland this week by becoming the first person of colour to become a church leader.
Rev Dr Sahr Yambasu, a native of Sierra Leone, replaced Rev Tom McKnight as president of the Methodist Church after a ceremony in Belfast on Wednesday.
His wife Clodagh, nee McCormack, is a Longford town native and is also a Methodist minister.
The 63-year-old took up the role earlier this week having initially been elected to the role last October and will serve in the position for a year.
The Rev Dr Sahar Yambasu last night became president of the Methodist Church in Ireland.
Dr Yambasu is originally from Sierra Leone; his wife Clodagh is from Longford.
And he is the first national leader of colour in any of Ireland’s four main churches. pic.twitter.com/qmJQaIsLzn
— Pádraig Belton (@PadraigBelton) June 10, 2021
I worked with Clodagh's father Edwin McCormack for many years and had some great evenings visiting himself and his wife Nancy in their Longford home. Gracious doesn't begin to describe them, God rest them both.
— Rosencrantz Lardner (@Samarkandiana) June 10, 2021