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 never knew this garden existed. Our driver recommended visiting here because were are from the NY/NJ area and are first responders from 9/11. This is a beautiful location nestled on a quite residen...  more »
  • This is a beautiful tribute to the Brave souls of the NYFD who gave everything trying to help others. So beautiful. Worth a visit. Note:No facilities here, just a memorial in a remote area of Kinsale.  more »
  • The place could be better located. peaceful, beautifully created to honor the firefighters who died on 9/11. Another is to read all over the place. A place of remembrance, pause, through the rows of trees stroll, look at attached accessories. humbly reflect a recommendation... absolutely! donation don't forget!
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  • Beautiful tribute to America's brave fireman. Amazing to see how much the Irish care for those of us over the pond.
  • Truly a heart felt stop. Respect.
  • Very beautiful place peaceful
  • It is a must see if you traveling around Kinsale
  • What a truly humbling experience. Our guide Chris showed this place to us when we had extra time after going to Blarney castle. It's one of those places that most tourists won't have the honor to go see, simply because it's not advertised. So the short story of this memorial: There's a woman who grew up in Kinsale but worked as a nurse in NYC for 20+ years. She was there when 9-11 happened and knew a lot of the firefighters that perished there, trying to save others. When she retired and moved back to Kinsale, she created this memorial garden and planted a tree for every firefighter that died during the rescue efforts. As an American, it was truly touching to see another country honor our fallen firefighters. Again, truly humbling.
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