Archive for April, 2002

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..

Fire in the Morning

In a strange twist of fate, Ron Clifford escaped the WTC unaware that his sister and niece were on the plane that crashed into the North Tower. ℘℘℘ United Flight 175, a Boeing 767 non-stop from Boston’s Logan Airport to Los Angeles with seven flight attendants and 56 passengers on board, rolled back from GateRead more..

The First Word:
Friendship, Love & Loyalty

“We never know how high we are until we are called to rise; and then, if we are true to our plan, our statures touch the skies.” –Emily Dickinson ℘℘℘ Putting this issue of Irish America together has been an extraordinarily moving experience. There are stories that made us cry. Stories of incredible courage. AndRead more..

The First Word:
Friendship, Love & Loyalty

“We never know how high we are until we are called to rise; and then, if we are true to plan, our statures touch the skies,” – Emily Dickinson ℘℘℘ Putting this issue of Irish America together has been an extraordinarily moving experience. There are stories that made us cry. Stories of incredible courage. AndRead 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..

A Warm Irish Welcome
in Newfoundland

Gander, Newfoundland: Hannah O’Rourke and Sandra O’Reilly Taylor, women from two different worlds who were tossed together in the turbulent wake of September 11, now share one of those bonds made of awful tragedy. Hannah and husband Dennis of Lawrence, N.Y., a Long Island suburb of New York City, were on Aer Lingus 105, aRead 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..

Arlene Howard:
A Mother’s Love

Arlene Howard presented a very moving picture when she pressed her son George’s New York Port Authority Police Department shield into the hand of President George W. Bush. The 77-year-old’s son had died helping to rescue victims of the September 11 attacks, and President Bush was well aware of the honor behind the gesture. AfterRead 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..