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    Memorial In Ireland

    This was emailed to me:

    I'm not sure if this is the right forum for this but I wanted to contact someone within the FDNY 9/11 community to let them know of a memorial that has been created in Kinsale, County Cork, Ireland. I live in RI and am the son and nephew of Providence firemen. My father spent 36 years on the job and my uncle about the same so I am well grounded in fire department families.

    I have an apartment in Kinsale which is a beautiful town on the south coast of Ireland on a beautiful harbor surrounded by high hills. One family in Kinsale has created a memorial garden to the fallen firemen with a tree planted for each one with their names and fire company attached to the tree, some with pictures. There is a larger tree at the entrance dedicated to Father Judge.

    I recently visited with my best friend growing up who himself became the chief of the Providence department, now retired, and we found it to be a place of great beauty and peace. I met local people who visit regularly and a lady who lives across the street who says she comes to pray each day. I think this is something that the families should be made aware of and with so many of Irish descent, they may want to visit this special place. If there is anything I can do to help, please let me know.

    Tom McLaughlin

    I copied the following from the Kinsale web site.


    Ringfinnan Garden of Remembrance
    Kinsale Garden of Remembrance is dedicated to the memory of Fr. Michael Judge, Chaplain in the New York Fire Department and to the 343 brave fire fighters, who so courageously lost their lives in New York on September 11th 2001.

    The Kinsale Garden of Remembrance was initiated by The Kinsale Garden of Remembrance was initiated by Kathleen Murphy, a nurse in New York City. She was born in Ringfinnan, Kinsale and her family continue to reside here. The first tree planting ceremony took place in November 2001 and this was followed by an official dedication of the garden on 10th March 2002 by the then Minister for Agriculture & Food, Joe Walsh, T.D.

    The dedication ceremony was attended by Irish relatives of the deceased New York fire fighters. Many of the fire fighters were of Irish descent and the garden has been visited on a regular basis by United States visitors to Ireland. Attached to each tree is the name of each individual fireman.

    To get to Ringfinnan from Kinsale, go past the Trident Hotel along the road road running parallel with the Bandon River in the direction of Cannon Duggan Bridge. At the bridge, turn left and go over the bridge, then take a right turn. After 200 yards, turn right up the hill to Ringfinnan following the signpost.
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    Brian Shea
    Co-Director of Fallen Brothers Foundation
    (foundation charity dissolved 2006)

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