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20th Century Bruree
Fr. Eugene Sheehy

Fr. Eugene Sheehy was born in Broadford, County Limerick, Ireland, son of Richard Sheehy and Johanna Shea. He was the uncle of Hanna Sheehy-Skeffington, wife of Francis Skeffington. He was educated at Mungret College, Limerick. He later studied for the priesthood at the Irish College in Paris.

He is a distant cousin of John Fitzgerald Kennedy, through Kennedy's maternal Grandmother Mary Hickey, who was descended from a member of the Sheehy family. Sheehy was a patriotic individual, whose involvement in the Land League put him in continued trouble with the local magistrate, Clifford Lloyd. He was arrested in May 1881 for his passionate speeches and jailed until September of that year. In November 1881 Sheehy travelled to the United States, on a mission to fund raise and an awareness raising tour. Sheehy attended the meeting in Thurles, when the Gaelic Athletic Association (G.A.A) was founded in 1884.

In 1886 he replaced Father James Enright as P.P. of Bruree. In 1900 he retired from the Rockhill/Bruree parish and moved to Dublin. During the 1916 Rising. Fr. Sheehy was in the GPO. He gave spiritual aid to the Volunteers. He died in 1917, aged 76. One of his last utterances was: – 'I am sorry that I did not die, with Tom Clarke.' He is buried in Glasnevin Cemetery. 

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