Second trip planned for O'Flaherty society
THE Monsignor Hugh O'Flaherty Memorial Society may have achieved its key goal with the installation of a fitting statue and memorial to the heroic cleric on Mission Road but the members certainly won't rest in their laurels.
The society has just announced details of its second trip to Rome in November which includes visits to St Peter's and tombs of the Popes, as well as key sites on the Monsignor's Rome escape line.
"We will stand on the steps at the Arco delle Campane where the Monsignor stationed himself daily in order to meet refugees from the Nazis and we will visit the scene of the Ardeatine Massacre in which friends and associates of O'Flaherty were executed," organiser Jerry O'Grady said.
"We will walk in the Ghetto where the Nazis rounded up the Jews in October 1943, we also intend to visit the interior of the German College where the Monsignor lived for many years and there will be a visit to the little Parish 'adopted' by the Monsignor after the war," he adds.
The group will also see the house where the Chevalier family heroically hid dozens of Allied soldiers at great risk to themselves, while new places of interest are also included, such as a visit to the historic mountain top Benedictine Monastery of Monte Cassino.
The group last travelled to Rome in 2012 but the itinerary will be significantly different and the accommodation will be in interesting parts of Rome, close to St Mary Major Basilica. The cost of the trip is €735 per person sharing - and a single supplement will apply. A coach will be organised by the society to and from Killarney at a separate cost.
The trip departs on Sunday, November 2, and returns to Dublin on Thursday November 6. Request a booking form from firstname.lastname@example.org or from Laura/Kieran at 057 9355050.