Kinsale Heritage Walks

Kinsale Remembers 9/11

The Kinsale Garden of Remembrance was established by a Kinsale lady, Kathleen Cait Murphy who worked as a nurse for over 30 years in New York City. During that time she came to admire the work of the fireman and was shocked at the deaths of 343 of their number who died in 9/11. As a result she decided to provide a memorial in Ireland, on her land at Ringfinnan, Kinsale, with a tree for each of the firemen who died as well as one for their chaplain Father Michael Judge who was a personal friend of hers. Since the garden was planted many relatives and friends of the dead have come to visit and leave prayers, photographs and flowers there.

Left: The gate to the Garden of Remembrance.

The 10th anniversary of the Twin Towers disaster was recalled on Saturday, 10th September, 2011, by civil and religious ceremonies with representatives from the Irish Government as well as the town and county authorities attending a mass in memory of 9/11. Unfortunately Kathleen was not there, as she died in March, but family and friends honoured her work with a tree planting ceremony to recall the life of the lady who has helped preserve the story of these New York firemen who died so tragically.

Right: Cait's sister Nellie, and cousin, Virgil Horgan

Nellie and Virgil

The Wounded Warriors pay tribute Dermot Ryan, Historian Some Irish Americans at the memorial

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