God Has no Country
The true story of Monsignor Hugh O’Flaherty’s War Time Exploits
Written and performed by Donal Courtney
Directed by Antoinette Duffy
Will take place in St. Brigid’s Hall, Carnew Thursday 4th of April, 2019 at 8pm.
(in aid of St. Brigid’s Church, Askamore) Admission: €12.00
To book phone 087 9323990
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 story was also the subject of a film made in 1983, The Scarlet and the Black which starred Gregory Peck in the role of the Monsignor.
Donal Courtney grew up in Killarney, as did Monsignor O’Flaherty and went to the same school. However it was not know the full extent of the great man’s exploits until he started his research for the play. Donal is a widely acclaimed actor who trained as an actor at the Gaiety School of Acting, Dublin where he now teaches acting.