Ringfinnan Garden of Remembrance, Kinsale

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This garden of Remembrance was established by Kathleen Murphy in November 2001. Kathleen grew up in Ringfinnan, Kinsale, County Cork which is located in the south of Ireland. Following her training as a nurse in England she moved to New York where she worked as a staff nurse for 40 years in Lennox Hill Hospital.

Kathleen always admired the brave and courageous work of firefighters. Following the 9/11 attacks she decided to establish the garden of remembrance in memory to the 343 firefighters who lost their lives on September 11th 2001.

Kathleen passed away in March 2011 in New York following a battle with cancer and is buried less than 2 miles from the garden.
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  • We recently visited this Garden of Remembrance. We were on a tour with friends when our guide brought us here as a special visit. We did not know where we were going until we arrived. As a former.....  more »
  • The garden is quite a walk form the town centre,and not very well sign-posted.Wotrth a vist as its set in a calm quiet location  more »
  • This is a nice site dedicated to the fallen firefighters of 9/11, with a tree being planted to each and demonstrating the empathy of the Lady who developed the memorial garden on her lands and i...  more »
  • This place is amazing, a memorial garden for the 343 Firemen and some police officers who sadly lost their lives in America during 9/11. A must if you're in southern Ireland, very near kinsale. I found it very emotional.
  • Beautiful. Would highly recommend visiting this garden if on holiday in Kinsale or even a local to the area.
  • Our guide took us to this gem of a memorial. Very unique garden, can't believe Kathleen Murphy took it upon herself to create this place in her homeland.
  • I found this garden to be a surprisingly touching tribute to the 343 firefighters who made the ultimate sacrifice on September 11th. It’s a lovely garden with a tree for every firefighter, some of which also have trinkets left by family and friends.
  • You could easily miss the Remembrance Garden as it is understated and quietly sign posted. It is dedicated to the 343 firefighters who lost their lives on 11-09-2001. The 343 trees stand strong and the branches reach far into the air with Autumn hues on their leaves. Kathleen Murphy who gave this land in memory of these brave men certainly captured the essence of the men who gave their lives for others. It has a sense of melancholy and sadness but is also thought provoking at the wonderment of human nature.

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