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. ℘℘℘ Battalion Chief Edward Geraghty’s casket is lifted on to a fire truck. Chief Edward Geraghty’s wife, Mary, with the couple’s three...

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The First Word:
What Falls Away

“One hundred and fifty years after the Famine, the spirit of the Irish people was the backbone which America relied upon during the worst attack in our nation’s history.”  – Rudy Giuliani at the Irish Famine memorial dedication in New York. ℘℘℘ It’s hard to believe it’s only a year. So much has changed, it seems as if it should have taken several...

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Why the Towers Fell

Dennis Smith, former firefighter and author, talks to Tom Deignan. ℘℘℘ If retired firefighter and best-selling author Dennis Smith had his way, the Twin Towers that once dominated the New York City skyline would be built again. Not in downtown Manhattan, however. Smith believes the towers should have been rebuilt as part of the ongoing investigation into the tragic events of September 11,...

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Fathers & Sons

Amidst the hundreds of rescue workers searching at Ground Zero in the months after the 9/11 attacks, many were fathers looking for their sons. Some were firefighters still on the job, some retired, and some never officially with the Department, but all joined in the search for their boys. This is a story about five of them. ℘℘℘ As you approach the church, you see the fire trucks lined up...

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Gordon and Adrienne Clune (back) with their three children (left to right) Aine, Justin and Conor with niece Tracy (right) on their 1883 dress.

The Clunes’
American Adventure

An Irish American family go back to 1883 to discover what’s most important in the present. ℘℘℘ What could be more parental than to wish to show your children how good they have it today? To take your family into the past and give them a taste of real life, when necessity stared you straight in the face and your mettle was tested by the sometimes–cruel vicissitudes of nature? For...

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