Anthony Gallagher was born 25 August 1945, in Glasgow but grew up in Chorlton cum Hardy. He was trained at St Bede's College where the gentle giant was on the first XV Rugby Team. He is pictured here on the back row, 2nd from the right.
He then went on to St Sulpice, and at Ushaw where he was ordained 8 March 1969 by Bishop Burke.
Fr Gallagher began his ministry as curate at Royton 1969-70 before being sent to St Michael's College, Underley, as a Professor. He returned to the diocese in 1973. 1980 he was sent Ss Peter & Paul, Pendleton as curate and became chaplain to De La Salle, then curate at St Mary's, Eccles in 1984.
In 1986 Fr Gallagher was appointed Parish Priest at the church of Ss Peter & Paul, Bolton, moving in 1995 to Christ the King, Walkden. In 2003 he went on long term sick leave and underwent a liver transplant operation. He lived initially with the Little Sisters of the Poor, then with family and finally in the former presbytery of St Teresa, Firswood. Fr Gallagher returned to active ministry in 2005 as Parish Priest at St Joseph, Todmorden, but sadly his illness returned and he died 8 September 2010 at the age of 65.