NORTH Cork's strong links to Ireland's rich and vibrant literary and patriotic heritage will be celebrated through a number of events taking place in Mallow and Doneraile over the next week.
This year marks the centenary of the death of Canon Sheehan, who was born in Mallow on St Patrick's Day 1852 and died in Doneraile on October 5, 1913.
Next year is the bi-centenary of Thomas Davis who was born in Mallow on October 14, 1814 and died in Dublin on September 16, 1845.
Next Tuesday at 2pm a fascinating literary trail will be inaugurated in Mallow with the unveiling of a plaque honouring Thomas Davis, Canon Sheehan and William O'Brien on the frontage of the local library. This will be followed at 2.30pm by a writer's workshop in the library conducted by acclaimed author, scriptwriter and poet John J Sexton Arthur.
The following day the public are invited to the Springfort Hall for the launch of a new book on Canon Sheehan. The launch of The Collected Letters of Canon Sheehan of Doneraile, compiled by Monsignor James O'Brien, will take place at 8pm.
On Wednesday, April 3 local historians will host a fascinating walk around Doneriale, the resting place of Canon Sheehan. The walk will visit some of the Canon's favourite places, concluding at the refurbished tea rooms in Doneraile Court.
At 8pm that evening a concert will take place amid the atmospheric surroundings of St James' Church, where the same font used to baptise Thomas Davis is still in use. Performers will include Cor Magh Ealla, the Thomas Davis Pipe Band and choirs from three Mallow secondary schools.
These events form part of celebrations to mark Mallow's Gathering Week and the Racing Home for Easter Festival and are being organised by mallow Development Partnership with the Mallow/Doneraile Canon Sheehan Committee.
For more information on Thomas Davis, Canon Sheehan and the various events being held in their honour during 2013 and 2014 please see www.mallow.ie.