The astonishing heroic story of Kerryman Monsignor Hugh O’Flaherty who saved thousands during the second world war.
Killarney Actor Donal Courtney’s one man show God Has No Country tells the astonishing and little-known story of Kerryman Monsignor Hugh O’Flaherty who heroically saved 6,500 Jews and Allied POWs during the second world war during what became known as the “Rome escape line”.
Courtney’s play follows O’Flaherty’s torment as he must decide to act in defense of those suffering under the tyranny of fascists. The play reflects on his upbringing and education in Killarney and how joining the priesthood protected him from involvement in The War of Independence.
Told with humour and sensitivity, God Has No Country aims to bring the heroic deeds and achievements of this extraordinary man to a wider audience.
Enjoy a Post-Show talk chaired by Sean Kelly MEP and ask your own questions about the development of the play, the Monsignor or Donal's acting journey.
Developed through Fishamble’s New Play Clinic.
‘Courtney deftly illustrates O’Flaherty’s deep love for Killarney’Dr. Fiona Brennan, Killarney.ie
‘It is a great story, told well by Courtney, in a production that doesn't flag. It covers a lot of ground, but never loses the run of itself, and creates a character that while at times might seem unlikely, manages to help many, many people. It is back by public demand, and you can see why. ’TheRedCurtainReview.ie