Representatives from the American, Australian, Czech and other diplomatic missions to the Vatican recently attended the presentation of a collection of the letters of an internationally famous Mallow born priest and writer Canon Sheehan.
Several cardinals and officials of the Roman Curia were present when Cardinal George Pell, Archbishop of Sydney presented the book, The Collected Letters of Canon Sheehan of Doneraile. The Irish ambassador to the Holy See did not attend the event held in the Australian Vatican Embassy.
Born in the O'Brien Street house that is now Maureen's Bar, Canon Sheehan died in 1913 and the 100th anniversary of his death will be marked this year with a number of events in Mallow. He dedicated his life to fighting for the rights of ordinary people and he is world renowned for such novels as Glenanaar, Lisheen and My New Curate.
Cardinal Pell described the Collected Letters as a valuable contribution to the rediscovery of an important Catholic writer and a fine contributor to Irish Cathlolic literature. Australian ambassador John McCarthy said Canon Sheehan's works were circulated in all English speaking countries worldwide and have also been translated into various European languages.