The funeral of Mons Hugh O'Flaherty, The Scarlet Pimpernel, at the Daniel O'Connell Memorial Church Cahersiveen, County Kerry in November 1963.
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THE President of Ireland was represented by Lt. Col. J. A. _O'Reitly at the funeral of the Right Rev. Mons Hugh O"Flaherty, a native of Killarney, who died at the residence of his sister, Mrs. Bridie Sheehan, West Main Street, Caherciveen, last week.
The late Monsignor O' Flaherty who had spent thirty-six years of his priestly life in the Vatican City until he retired in ill-health in 196O became internationally famous tor his work, in helping thousands of allied soldiers and prisoners-of-war to escape from Italy during the German occupation in World War II.
The remains were interred in the grounds of the O'Connell Memorial Church following Solemn Requiem Mass at noon on Sunday.
Right, Rev. Mons. J. Lane, P.P., V.F., V.G., was the celebrant of the Mass with. Rev. R. Flavin . CC, as deacon and Fr. S. McSweeney, C.C.,, as sub-deacon.
The choir of Holy Cross Church, conducted by Mr. Liam Hurley, B.A., sang the Sacred .Music.
Monsignor Lane conducted the obsequies at the graveside.
The chief mourners were: Mrs. B. Sheefian, Caherciveen (sister); Mr. J O'Flaherty, Killarney (brother); the Misses Pearl, and, Philomena O'Flaherly (nieces); Messrs., Hugh and Seamus O'Flaherty (nephews); Mrs. Mia O'Flaherty, Galway (sister-in-law) and Mr. and Mrs. R. O' Flaherty, Caherciveen; Mrs. A. Cronin, Cionbannin (cousins). Among the large number of clergy present were Very. Rev. T O'Sullivan, P.P.. Vaientia, Very Rev. A. J. Hawney_, P.P., Glenfiesk, Very Rev. M. F, Dennehy, P.P., Waterville,,, Very Rev. D. Marigan, P.P., _Caherdaniel, Very Rev. J. J. Murphy, P.P., Bally bunion _. Very Rev. G