O’Fla­herty award for res­cue ser­vices

The Kerryman (North Kerry) - - NEWS - By KATH­LEEN O’SUL­LI­VAN

THE Mon­signor Hugh O’Fla­herty Me­mo­rial Week­end proved an­other suc­cess, with the high­light an evening in Kil­lar­ney House to cel­e­brate the Scar­let Pim­per­nel and the pre­sen­ta­tion of the an­nual In­ter­na­tional Hu­man­i­tar­ian Award in his mem­ory.

The Mon­signor en­sured the safety of over 6,500 civil­ians in Nazi-oc­cu­pied Rome, and cel­e­brat­ing the brav­ery and hu­man­i­tar­i­an­ism of mod­ern-day he­roes, seven nom­i­na­tions were sub­mit­ted to the in­de­pen­dent award panel. The cho­sen three con­tinue to en­sure the pub­lic’s safety – the Ir­ish Coast Guard, Kerry Mountain Res­cue and the Royal Na­tional Lifeboat In­sti­tu­tion.

It’s the first year that the award did not go to an in­di­vid­ual nor to a sin­gle hu­man­i­tar­ian or­gan­i­sa­tion, and to com­mem­o­rate these ser­vices, Mayor of Kil­lar­ney Mu­nic­i­pal Dis­trict Cllr John Shea­han pre­sented each with Hu­man­i­tar­ian Award Ci­ta­tion Scrolls on be­half of the peo­ple of Kil­lar­ney.

Rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the O’Fla­herty fam­ily and Me­mo­rial So­ci­ety pre­sented the Hugh O’Fla­herty Hu­man­i­tar­ian Medal, and the schools of Kil­lar­ney Parish came to­gether to gen­er­ate a school’s bur­sary for the award re­cip­i­ents.

In pre­sent­ing the awards, the mayor said that “the brave and self­less mem­bers of the Ir­ish Res­cue Ser­vices de­serve not only our ad­mi­ra­tion, but our prac­ti­cal sup­port in what­ever way we can.”

The awards were ac­cepted on be­half of the three or­gan­i­sa­tions by Jimmy Laide (Kerry Mountain Res­cue), John Draper (Ir­ish Coast Guard) and Richard Quigley (RNLI).

Satur­day’s awards cer­e­mony also saw the of­fi­cial launch by Colm Cooper of Pa­tri­cia Mur­phy’s novel ‘Leo’s War’, a book for young peo­ple based on Mon­signor Hugh’s wartime ac­tiv­i­ties.

(seated cen­tre from left) Photo by Michelle Cooper Galvin (back)

Jus­tice Hugh O’Fla­herty pre­sent­ing the O’Fla­herty In­ter­na­tional Hu­man­i­tar­ian Ward to Colm Burke and Jimmy Laide of Kerry Mountain Res­cue, with KMR mem­bers John Cronin, Ber­tie Hickey, Liam Ryan, Richard Stack, Mar­garet Grif­fin, Ea­mon O’Con­nor, John O’Sul­li­van, Piaras Kelly, John Hussey, Don Mur­phy, Mick Long, with Paul O’Neill, Kil­lar­ney Cham­ber; Kil­lar­ney Mayor John Shea­han; Sen Paul Cogh­lan, Jerry O’Grady.

ABOVE LEFT: (seated cen­tre from left)

Laura Looney, Tran­si­tion Year, St Brigid’s Kil­lar­ney, be­ing pre­sented with her award by Kil­lar­ney Cham­ber of Tourism and Com­merce Vice Pres­i­dent Paul Sherry

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