It was seventeen years ago that the United States and the world held their breath as the worst terrorist attack in history took the lives of nearly 3,000 people. The attack was in the U.S. but many of the victims were from other countries around the world.
(Left: On Friday, Sept. 14, millions of Americans in thousands of small towns and large cites gathered in candlelight vigils like this one in Manhattan's Union Square. Photo by Gerry Regan)
Over six-hundred were foreign born, though some of them were by then U.S. citizens. Sixty-one countries lost people that day, including sixty-seven from the U.K. and six from Ireland. How many had Irish ancestry no one knows for sure, but given the number of Irish in New York City, and the many in the police and fire departments, and the number of people from the U.K. we know it was a very large number. The Roots Web site has compiled a unofficial list of people with "Irish connections." When it happened, and since then TWG has commemorated all the victims. Here are some of those articles.
The Firefighter by John Anthony Brennan
A Tribute to Father Mychal Judge by Gerry Regan
'Saint of 9/11': Cleric's Message of Love Rises From the Twin Tower... By Patricia Jameson-Sammartano
A Day at the State Department - September 11, 2001 by Robert A Mosher on September 11, 2014
Dying Together: From Bull Run to Baghdad by Joe Gannon
Just 'Doing Their Job' - Remembering 9-11 by the late Vic Olney
'Remember, They're With Us' by Lorcan Otway