Innisfree Holidays Begin

Sheila and Rosemarie Langone pictured in Ireland with police chief Pat Byrne and fire chief Hugh O'Neill.

By Irish America Staff
October / November 2002

In July, the Langone family – the first of nearly 250 families to take part in the Innisfree Program – arrived in Ireland. the program, which is run by the US-Ireland Alliance, offers a week’s vacation in Ireland to the families of firefighters and police officers killed on September 11th.

Sheila Langone of Roslyn Heights, Long Island lost two sons, Peter, 41, a firefighter, and Tommy, 39, a member of the Emergency Services Unit of the NYPD. She made the trip with her daughter, Rosemary, and two friends.

While in Dublin, the Langones met the Commissioner of the Garda, Pat Byrne, and Dublin’s Assistant Fire Chief Hugh O’Neill. In February, the Irish Garda Commissioner and the then Chief Constable of the Police Service of Northern Ireland, Sir Ronnie Flanagan, presented a check for $232,000, from their officers to The US_Ireland Alliance in support of the Innisfree Program. ♦

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