27 - 30 June 2024

Joseph O’Connor

The ‘Vatican Pimpernel’ and My Father’s House

Venue: Church of Ireland

One of the most courageous men of World War 2 was, for many years, also one of the conflict’s best kept secrets. Only in recent years have the efforts of the Irish priest, Monsignor Hugh O’Flaherty and his ‘underground railroad’ for escaped POWs, resistance fighters and Jewish refugees, become widely known. While Joseph O’Connor’s take on the activities of Hugh O’Flaherty are fictionalised, My Father’s House keeps faith with the audacity and resolution of the Vatican-based cleric who frequently put his life on the line after the Nazi takeover of Italy in 1944. The Guardian wrote of My Father’s House that it is ‘beautifully crafted, his razor-sharp dialogue is to be savoured, and he employs dark humour to great effect.’ Joseph O’Connor will be in conversation with Myles Dungan.

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