After his ordination, Fr. John O Donovan worked for some years in west Belfast where he gained experience in community and social projects. When he returned to the Cork & Ross Diocese, it was a time of high unemployment. In response to this in 1993 he established Northside Community Enterprises. The work of this company to this day is to re-educate, train and gain the relevant experience for people to progress to employment.
He also established N.C.E. Outreach in 1998 to help people in recovery from all forms of addictions. NCE insulation was then established in 2001, again to follow the work of the other companies to improve the quality of people’s lives through the work of energy saving measures.
John is chairperson of the Board of Management of NCE, NCE Outreach and is the Managing Director of NCE Insulation. He is also the parish priest of the parishes of the cathedral, Blackpool/Glen/Ballyvolane and Sunday’s Well.