[L – R] Paddy Quinn, Robert Gallagher, John Buchanan
The last Breakfast of the 2017 – 18 session was held in the Peter Good Hall on Saturday 24th March at 9.00 am with 25 men for Omagh and further afield. Replete from a good Ulster fry, those present helped clear away the tables and set the hall for a riveting talk by the guest speaker, Mr Robert Gallagher. Robert was introduced by his professional colleague, Mr Paddy Quinn, from the Omagh Fire and Rescue Service. Paddy spoke highly of the respect in which his friend was held by fellow officers and of his journey of faith over the past 16 years. It was on the 13th February 2002 that Robert got down on his knees in an alcoholic stupor and prayed, “Please, Jesus. help me”. He awoke the next morning with the strength and conviction needed to turn his back on drink and begin the difficult process of rebuilding his life and relationships. Robert had described in moving detail how descent into alcoholism in his early 20’s has robbed him of his dignity and self-respect, how it had led to fractured friendships and estrangement from his girlfriend. With the help of God and support from friends in AA he had worked his way back to health and happiness. He joined the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service in 2012 and in the Omagh Station was blessed to have Paddy Quinn as his watch commander. Having been invited by Paddy to speak at the Men’s Breakfast, Robert prayed for the gift of words; it was the first time he had ever spoken publicly about his faith and alcoholism. His prayer was answered. Robert’s talk was a simple sincere and powerful testimony of the saving power of Jesus, and Christ’s ability to restore in body, mind and soul those who call upon Him.