A well-known Offaly priest is set to chat with RTÉ presenter Ryan Tubridy on The Late Late Show very soon.
Fr Sean Hyland lives in his hometown of Portarlington but is a curate in Offaly in the communities of Clonbullogue and Rhode.
He launched his own book 'Whisperings of my Soul' in December last year. According to Fr Sean, he is going to be talking about his book on the popular Friday night show on March 8.
Before becoming a priest, tragedy struck Fr Sean and his wife, Liz, early in their marriage with the deaths of their two young children Seana and Kieran.
Liz’s deep faith helped her survive the heartbreak, but Sean became an angry man after their devastating loss.
Fr Hyland explained why he wrote the book.
“I lost my wife and earlier in life, we had lost our two children. Liz carried me through that and when she got sick, I prayed for support, it was kidney cancer and a long nine-month journey.
“After the children died I had turned to the drink and I was terrified I would go back there.
“I was always a pessimist and fell into self-pity but I prayed and I was given the strength, more strength than was natural for me.
“I prayed and I got explicit consolation, dreams and visions of Liz and my children that they were safe and well, I knew this beyond doubt.
“I have shared it with other people who are grieving or troubled and it comforts them. It is a gift that has been granted to more than me. That was the catalyst to write the book, my experience gave other people comfort,” he said.
He received help through many consolations of faith which let him know that his wife and children are close by and watching over him. In thanksgiving, he entered a seminary in Rome and has devoted the remainder of his life to God as a Catholic priest.