Sr OrlaOur warmest Congratulations to Sr. Orla Treacy who is the 2017 recipient of the Hugh O’Flaherty International Humanitarian Award

This is the tenth year of the memorial commemoration of Monsignor O’Flaherty, organised to raise awareness of his humanitarian work during World War II, when he and his colleagues in the Rome Escape Line saved over 6,500 people from the clutches of the Nazis who had occupied Rome at the time.

Speaking this week, the chairperson of the Hugh O’Flaherty Memorial Committee, Jerry O’Grady, said, “Sr Orla possesses and displays the bravery and humanitarian commitment we have come to associate with the recipients of this Award. At a young age and with a bright future ahead of her in Ireland, she decided instead to dedicate her life to those in need in what was already then a virtual war zone.”

Sr Orla will be presented with the award by Cathaoirleach of Killarney Municipal District Niall Kelleher at a ceremony in the Killarney Avenue Hotel on the evening of 4 November.