Saturday 25 February 2017

An Irish child's message to America on 9/11

TRIBUTE: A young girl
holds a yellow rose
commemorating the
9/11 terrorist attacks
at the World Trade
Centre in New York
City.
TRIBUTE: A young girl holds a yellow rose commemorating the 9/11 terrorist attacks at the World Trade Centre in New York City.

•It was Tuesday, September 11, 2001. My husband Charlie and I were in Ireland and scheduled to fly home to the US the next day. We were staying near the small town of Castledaly at a renovated country manor that had survived centuries of nearby insurrection and destruction.

We had just toured a peat bog with our Irish guide, Paddy, and were getting organised to board our bus. A serious-looking Paddy came over to Charlie, and wanted to talk privately with him.

Something was wrong. Paddy was always smiling and joking. I thought, it's about my mother, and he's telling Charlie first, so he can tell me.

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