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Kinsale Remembers 9/11
September 10, 2011 @ 2:30 pm
The 10th anniversary of the 9/11 Twin Towers disaster in New York will be recalled on Saturday, 10th September by civil and religious ceremonies which will take place at the Kinsale Garden of Remembrance, the first memorial to the memory of the 343 fireman who died at the Twin Towers. It is located at Ringfinnan, just off the road between the town and the Old Head of Kinsale. It was provided by the late Kathleen Murphy who knew of work of the firemen who died through as her work as a nurse in New York and was a personal friend of their chaplain, Father Mychal Judge who also died on 9/11. There is one tree for each fireman as well as Father Judge and many of them have photographs and messages left by their families and friends who have come to visit the Garden over the years. Unfortunately, Kathleen Murphy died earlier this year but she will be remembered with a tree planting ceremony on Saturday.
The civil ceremony will commence at 2.30 pm with a formal welcome by Virgil Horgan, Solr and the U.S. National Anthem sung by soprano, Emma Kate Tobia. The oration will be delivered by Simon Coveney T.D. Minister for Agriculture, Food and Marine and this will be followed the laying of wreaths by The Kinsale Mayor, Fred Treacy and Harbour Board Chairman, Tony Lane before a mass in memory of the dead.
Members of Kinsale Fire Brigade will also be in attendance and the general public are invited to attend the commemoration ceremony. On the last occasion that ceremonies took place at Ringfinnan, there were several Irish family representatives of deceased fire men present. The organisers of the event would be delighted if anyone related to of the deceased fire men could again attend the 10th anniversary commemoration. Indeed anyone who lost a relative or friend in the Twin Towers disaster would be most welcome.
The programme is as follows:
2.30 p.m.- Address of welcome by Virgil Horgan.
2.35- Oration by Simon Coveney, Minister for Agriculture, Food and Marine.
2.45- Address of thanks to the Murphy family by elected representative.
2.47- History of Ringrone by Dermot Ryan.
2.52- Wreath Laying by Mayor Fred Treacy and KHB Chairman, Tony Lane.
2.55- Ecumenical blessing of tree in honour of Kathleen Murphy.
3.00- The American National Anthem by Emma Kate Tobia.
3.01- Mass, celebrated by Father Liam O’Regan
3.40- The Irish National Anthem by Emma Kate Tobia.
3.50- Visit to Ringrone cemetery.