Monsignor Hugh O'Flaherty
1898 - 1963
In the grounds of the O'Connell Memorial Church lies the grave of Monsignor Hugh O'Flaherty.
In Rome during World War II, he bravely organised an elaborate escape network for Allied POW's and civilians. When the l[A]lies entered Rome in 1944, he and his colleagues had saved over 6,500 lives.
His act earned him the nickname "Scarlet Pimpernel of the Vatican".
Hugh O'Flaherty, a Kerryman, was awarded the highest honours, including a Commander of the British Empire, the Congressional Medal of Freedom and was the first Irishman named Notary of the Holy Office.
In 1918 he enrolled at Mungret College, Co. Limerick, preparing for a missionary priesthood, was then posted to Rome to finish his studies and ordained in 1925. He stayed to work for the Holy See, serving as a Vatican diplomat in Egypt, Haiti, Santo Domingo and Czechoslovakia. In 1934 he was appointed Monsignor.
During the early years of the war, he toured POW camps in Italy, later helping prisoners from recapture after the Italian occupation. At great risk, he and his diverse colleagues concealed refugees, escapees, Allied soldiers and Jews, in flats, farms
In 1960 he retired to Cahersiveen, staying with his sister for the last three years of his life.
Charcoal sketch of the Monsignor commissioned while he was in Rome.
Erected by Daniel O'Connell Memorial Church.
Location. 51° 56.816′ N, 10° 13.534′ W. Marker is in Cahersiveen, Munster, in County Kerry. Marker is on O'Connell Street just north of Church Street/Ring of Kerry (National Route N70), on the right when traveling north. Marker is on the west grounds of Daniel O'Connell Memorial Church. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Cahersiveen, Munster V23 EH59, Ireland. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. O'Connell Memorial Church (within shouting distance of this marker); Presentation Convent (about 90 meters away, measured in a direct line); War Memorial (about 150 meters away); The Barracks Heritage Centre (approx. 0.3 kilometers away); Atlantic College of Wireless & Cable Telegraphy (approx. half a kilometer away); Railway and O'Connell (approx. half a kilometer away); The Railway (approx. half a kilometer away); Ringforts (approx. half a kilometer away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Cahersiveen.
Also see . . .
1. Monsignor Hugh O'Flaherty Bio. (Submitted on November 8, 2019, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Hugh O’Flaherty (1898 - 1963) Bio. (Submitted on November 8, 2019, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. The priest who converted his enemy (Walker, 2011). (Submitted on November 8, 2019, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
4. Cahersiveen Parish, Diocese of Kerry. (Submitted on November 8, 2019, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
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