Irish Love for America Shines Brighter than Ever
Following the extensive television coverage of 9/11, in particular the memorial and the many documentaries across our channels, the Irish love for the big apple on a personal level is stronger than ever.
Sunday on the now most famous day of the year, was spent with my family in our living room in Ireland watching all things 9/11. The rebuilding of Ground Zero, the recent George W Bush interview, the heartfelt memorial at Ground Zero, and of course the heroic and devastating stories of those who died and were affected by the terrible attacks.
For I am just like hundreds of people affected by the attacks on the Twin Towers; an Irish citizen leaving his home country in search of work and a new life in New York. Just like so many of the fire fighters in New York who responded to the attacks and their family members who’s loved one never came home, the impact of 9/11 is still felt in every household up and down the country of Ireland.
It’s a relationship that stretches back decades to when the Irish were not welcome in London during the troubles times, it was New York who opened out her arms and welcomed us into the greatest city in the world. The impact that was felt by so many Irish and Irish American families on that dreadful morning ten years ago; shows a connection that is as strong as ever.
My little brother and sister could not understand how the men building the new Twin Towers sounded and looked so Irish. The day the world stood still Ireland shut down, for the country to which we owe so much to and helped to build was hurting and hurting bad.
The 3,000 miles between the Statue of Liberty and the green grass of Ireland, is a cord that links both of these countries together, and an unfortunate tragedy like this has shown that the distance is not that far at all.
Just 30 minutes up the road from my home, a Cork man by the name of Mark Clifford lost his sister and her daughter in the attacks. Yesterday Mr Clifford will have remembered his loved ones at a private ceremony in Cork, over 3,000 miles from Ground Zero.
I refer to a quote from the www.irishtribute.com website; a site created to remember and honour all those of Irish descent who were affected by the attacks.Continued on the next page