Posts Tagged ‘NYC’

September 11:
A Year in Pictures

Photographer Peter Foley spent many months documenting the aftermath of September 11. His images, though unobtrusive, capture the emotion of the tragedy and offer a glimpse into the lives of those left behind. ℘℘℘ ♦

NYC’s Famine Memorial

The haunting Irish Hunger Memorial, unveiled on July 16 in downtown Manhattan, offers visitors a stunning view of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. This is fitting, given that these landmarks have greeted generations of Irish immigrants to New York City. Sadly, however, as visitors will learn, your eyes cannot avoid another site —Read more..

Street Renamed for 9/11 Hero

Fallen September 11 hero firefighter Michael Brennan had a rare posthumous bestowed on him recently when a street (at 41st and 50th Avenue) in Queens, New York, was renamed “Michael Brennan Way”. Michael grew up on the street and his mother, Eileen Walsh still lives there. The ceremony to unveil the new street sign wasRead more..

The Ironworkers

September 12, 2001: After a 26-hour shift Brendan McCormack emerges exhausted out of the darkness and into another day. A Donegal man, who has lived in the U.S. for 17 years, McCormack is an ironworker. Minutes after the collapse of the Twin Towers, he and other ironworkers from all over the city dropped their toolsRead more..

Flag-Raising Firefighters

The image of firefighters Dan McWilliams, George Johnson and Billy Eisengrein raising the tattered Stars and Stripes on September 11 became a symbol of hope for Americans on their darkest day. The three firefighters had spent the day at Ground Zero searching for survivors among the mammoth piles of rubble and in late afternoon wereRead more..

The Legacy of Chief Geraghty

Battalion Chief Edward Geraghty, of Battalion 9, Engine 54, Ladder 4 (48th Street and 8th Avenue in New York City), was an 18-year veteran of the department and the recipient of many meritorious awards throughout his long and distinguished career. “Anyone who got to spend time around Chief Geraghty knew he was a special person.Read more..

Bill Butler

Firefighter Bill Butler is very grateful to be alive. He and five colleagues from Ladder 6, Engine 9, were in the North Tower helping to rescue a Port Authority worker named Josephine Harris when the building collapsed around them. Miraculously, the part of the stairwell that they were in remained intact and they survived thoughRead more..

Roger Smyth:
NYC 911 Paramedic

Belfast native Roger Smyth moved to the U.S. five years ago and for the last three and a half years has worked at New York University Hospital’s downtown location on Gold and Beekman Streets, a few blocks from the World Trade Center. At about 8:50 on the morning of September 11, Smyth was at homeRead more..

Father Christopher Keenan:
Fire Department Chaplain

Fr. Christopher Keenan, a Franciscan priest whose parents came from Co. Galway and Co. Roscommon, has been assigned the difficult task of replacing the much loved Fr. Mychal Judge as chaplain of the Fire Department. Fr. Judge, a fellow Franciscan and a friend of Fr. Keenan’s for 38 years, was killed on September 11 givingRead more..

Kerry McGinnis:
Animal Rescue

On September 11, as for so many, Kerry McGinnis’ normal routine was abandoned when it became obvious that pet-owners in the area surrounding the World Trade Center needed her help. McGinnis works for Manhattan’s Humane Society — an organization that helps place pets who, for whatever reason, can no longer stay with their owners. AsRead more..