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'People jumped, hand in hand'

Andrea Byrne

Published 11/09/2011 | 05:00

DANGER ZONE: Firefighters near the World Trade Centre
before one of the towers collapsed after the attack
DANGER ZONE: Firefighters near the World Trade Centre before one of the towers collapsed after the attack
AGONY: Ron Clifford, second from left, from Cork, helps Jenniann Maffeo, who died 40 days later from her injuries

More than a third of those who died in 9/11 had connections with Ireland

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'I just felt this shiver through my whole body and I said to my co-worker, 'He's gone.' I just knew he was gone," says Catherine Coughlan, emotionally describing the moment the South Tower of the World Trade Centre collapsed and she knew her husband Martin was dead.



Martin Coughlan, a carpenter from Cappawhite, Tipperary, was refurbishing offices in the South Tower when the first plane hit the North Tower. He left a message on his home phone telling his wife Catherine that he was leaving the building and would see them later that day. Martin's last message was recorded after the second jet hit, trapping Martin in the floors above.

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