The sale of Jackie Kennedy’s letters

Dear Editor, Am I the only one unsettled by the proposal to sell personal letters penned to Irish priest Fr Joseph Leonard by the late Jacqueline Kennedy? (IC 15/5/14)

As detailed in your own article, Mrs Kennedy died without leaving any record of her life as US First Lady, demonstrating clearly how she valued what measure of privacy she had retained after so many years in the spotlight.

To see that now undone – in anticipation of a €1 million pay day – smacks of no small measure of disrespect for the woman’s memory, to say nothing of the question around the exposing of confidences shared by a struggling Catholic with a priest confidant.

Yours etc.,

Derek Farrell,


Dublin 24.