Bro. Columba Sheehy
North Mayo man Bro. Columba spent time on the east African missions.
Patrick (Stanislaus) was born in Mayo at Belmullet during 1912.
Following his early school education Sheehy attended the Juniorate in Blackrock College for the year of 1927 when he decided to enter the Kimmage Brother’s Novitiate. During 1930 he was professed; he took the name Columba. From 1934 to 1936 he was involved in further training in Chevilly, France.
Bro. Columba was appointed to the East African missions during 1938 until 1962; except when he had a two – year break at Rockwell College between the years of 1945 to 1947. The areas he was appointed to were; Bura Mission, Kenya – mostly in Nairobi plus Zanzibar Island. His duties consisted of Supervisory Management of several building projects also the coffee plantation in Nairobi. Bro. Columba organised a very successful Catholic Book shop also in Nigeria.
During 1962 when Bro. Columba returned to the country, he spent two years at Rockwell College. He moved to Kimmage prior to a short time at Blackrock. During 1966 he returned to Kimmage.
He developed a very serious illness that resulted in a cross which he endured with great courage and religious faith. His demise occurred aged fifty – six years on December 19th 1968. Bro. Columba Sheehy was admired, loved; deeply missed by all his confreres. He is interred in Kimmage, Dublin.