Monsignor Hugh O'Flaherty-O Briain Art Gallery

O'Briain Art Gallery

Monsignor Hugh O'Flaherty

You were so proud to be an Irishman

With compassion you defied the Nazi command

And you saved a thousand souls before your own

And Took on Herbert Kappler, the SS man in Rome

And when our Prisoners of war escaped, you showed them the way home

Monsignor Hugh, the Lord works in you

They called you Scarlet Pimpernel, the survivor

With two hands to box at lightning speed, you broke up many a man

And while the Pope hid away from the Swastika

You sheltered the weak and persecuted, reuniting Father and Son

And when our Soldiers had nowhere to go, you gave them a place in Rome

Under the Vatican, there is refuge for men

And when the war was over and Kappler was in his cell

You came to hear his confession and to save his soul from hell

Before retiring to Kerry, to the Kingdom to spend your last days

Monsignor Hugh O’Flaherty, never was there a man so brave

And when you open your eyes you will see, the Lord is with thee

Monsignor Hugh, God waits for you

Monsignor Hugh, the Lord be with you