Kerry priest recieves prestigious American Irish cultural award

A Kerry priest and scholar is following in the footsteps of Seamus Heaney, Gabriel Byrne and Liam Neeson as the recipient of a prestigious Irish American award. Monsignor Pádraig Ó Fiannachta is the 16th recipient of the American Irish Historical Society’s Cultural Award. The 88-year-old will travel to New York next week to receive it. American flag Monsignor Pádraig Ó Fiannachta is the 16th recipient of the award, which was initiated in 1998 to recognise the contribution of individuals to the cultural life of the Irish in Ireland, America and globally. Previous recipients include Nobel laureate Seamus Heaney, actors Liam Neeson, Gabriel Byrne and Vanessa Redgrave, singer Elvis Costello, and musician Martin Hayes. Born in Ballymore, Ventry in 1927, he entered Maynooth in 1944 and was ordained a priest in 1953. He became Professor of Early Irish in Maynooth in 1960, and also lectured in the Welsh language. Monsignor Ó Fiannachta was made professor of Modern Irish at Maynooth in 1982, the same year his translation of the Bible into Irish was published. He was awarded the title of monsignor by Pope John Paul II in 1998. Monsignor Ó Fiannachta says he’s honoured to be chosen for the award. [audio_player src=””] ####