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Tuesday 15 October 2019

Play will raise funds for Askamore church

Esther Hayden

The true story of Monsignor Hugh O'Flaherty's war time exploits will be staged in Carnew on Thursday, April 4 at 8 p.m.

God Has No Country is written and performed by Donal Courtney and directed by Antoinette Duffy. The performance is aid of St Brigid's Church in Askamore.

God has no Country tells the fascinating story of Monsignor Hugh O'Flaherty's war time exploits in Rome. Told from the Monsignor's point of view, the play focuses on O'Flaherty's struggles as he and his colleagues set about the task of protecting those in need, from German occupancy of Rome. After the outbreak of WW2, in autumn of 1942 the Monsignor hid many anti-Fascists and Jews from the Gestapo, in monasteries and convents and in his own residence. In spring of 1943, defying a Gestapo order to arrest him on sight, with the help of brave friends he established The Rome Escape Line to hide Allied escapees. By the end of the war, they had secured the safety of over 6,500 people.

The author Donal Courtney grew up in Killarney, as did Monsignor O'Flaherty. He also went to the same school as him. To book phone 087 9323990.

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