I received some very good news a few days ago, the portrait of Monsignor Hugh O’Flaherty that I painted in advance of last years memorial weekend for the great man was auctioned as part of this years memorial celebrations. Bidding took place over the internet in advance of an evening of music and celebration, and a generous philanthropist bid €3500 for the portrait, and has pledged to donate it to a Killarney Museum in the future. All proceeds from the ticket sales and the painting will be going towards a permanent memorial in Killarney for him.
“For more than 60 years the Humanitarian deeds of a very courageous and selfless Irish man have gone practically unnoticed in Ireland. During World War II Monsignor Hugh O’Flaherty, a unique and innovative Kerry man was the instigator of an organisation in Rome that saved over 6,500 lives in Italy. To make up for this great lack of acknowledgement in Ireland this weekend from 14th -16th November has been dedicated as a Memorial to this great man, in his home town of Killarney.”
Pictured is the Monsignor’s nephew Judge Hugh O’Flaherty with an oil on linen portrait of the Monsignor, by Cork Artist Stephen Murphy, centre, and Gerry O’Grady, Killarney Chamber of Tourism and Commerce
Picture: Eamonn Keogh (MacMonagle, Killarney)