Hugh O’Fla­herty cel­e­brated in ex­cel­lent lit­er­ary works

The Kerryman (South Kerry Edition) - - COMMUNITY NEWS - ByTADHGEVANS

Be­fore an au­di­ence of 100 stu­dents, teach­ers, and proud par­ents and grand­par­ents, Spa Na­tional School Tralee; Re­becca Lee of St Brigid’s Sec­ondary School, Kil­lar­ney; and Mia Couni­han of Lis­sivigeen Na­tional School, Kil­lar­ney were named as win­ners at this year’s Hugh O’Fla­herty Lit­er­ary Com­pe­ti­tions in Kil­lar­ney Li­brary.

Re­becca took the Sec­ond Level School Po­etry con­test with her poem “For Hu­man­ity’s Sake”, with Mia tak­ing the In­di­vid­ual Pri­mary School Es­say com­pe­ti­tion and Spa Na­tional School win­ning the best col­lec­tive en­try prize.

In open­ing the cer­e­mony, Jerry O’Grady Chair of the Hugh O’Fla­herty Me­mo­rial So­ci­ety Jerry O’Grady said “It has been the So­ci­ety’s ob­jec­tive from the out­set that fu­ture gen­er­a­tions will con­tinue to cel­e­brate the hu­man­i­tar­ian work of Mon­signor Hugh O’Fla­herty and ap­ply his ex­am­ple to their own lives and their deal­ings with oth­ers.

“In par­tic­u­lar, his strong be­lief that ‘God Has No Coun­try’ meant that he placed no im­por­tance on the colour of your skin, your po­lit­i­cal or re­li­gious be­liefs or what coun­try you come from, he very sim­ply be­lieved that all those in need de­serve our help,” he added.

Pre­sent­ing the prizes, Pres­i­dent of the Kil­lar­ney Cham­ber of Tourism and Com­merce Paul O’Neill was full of praise for both the event, com­mem­o­rat­ing the Kil­lar­ney Mon­signor who saved thou­sands of lives in Nazi-oc­cu­pied Rome at war­time, and the win­ner.

“We in Cham­ber are de­lighted to be as­so­ci­ated with this won­der­ful event,” he said.

“I must praise the ex­tremely high-qual­ity level of en­tries re­ceived from schools across the county, and it re­flected well on the deep con­sid­er­a­tion be­ing given by stu­dents to the whole ques­tion of op­pres­sion and ex­ploita­tion of peo­ple like those be­ing helped by Sr Orla Treacy in South Su­dan,” he added.

Sr Orla Treacy was re­cently named as the 2017 re­cip­i­ent of the Hu­man­i­tar­ian Prize for her out­stand­ing work in the im­pov­er­ished na­tion of South Su­dan since 2006.

Photo by Don MacMona­gle

LEFT: Re­becca Lee, St Brigid’s Sec­ondary School, with her prize, the Fr Pat Hor­gan tro­phy

MacMona­gle Photo by Don

Pri­mary School Es­say In­di­vid­ual win­ner Mia Couni­han, Lis­sivigeen Na­tional School, re­ceiv­ing her prize from Paul O’Neill.

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