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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  • This is a great location and a fitting memorial to the 343 heroes who lost their lives. Being a retired firefighter I felt compelled to return to this site with ex colleagues and pay our respects. It....  more
    This is a great location and a fitting memorial to the 343 heroes who lost their lives. Being a retired firefighter I felt compelled to return to this site with ex colleagues and pay our respects. It....  more »
  • This Garden of Remembrance is so moving. To think she put this much effort into remembering those that died on Sept 11th. We got an extra boost because some one had left patches from our hometown... 
    This Garden of Remembrance is so moving. To think she put this much effort into remembering those that died on Sept 11th. We got an extra boost because some one had left patches from our hometown...  more »
  • This beautiful memorial garden is well worth a visit. It was created by a nurse (now passed) who spent her career working in Manhattan at Lenox Hill Hospital but who was born and raised nearby. She....  more
    This beautiful memorial garden is well worth a visit. It was created by a nurse (now passed) who spent her career working in Manhattan at Lenox Hill Hospital but who was born and raised nearby. She....  more »
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  • What a touching beautiful place, so peaceful and tranquil. A wonderful idea. A must stop if you are near.
  • So unbelievably sad and poignant. This is the perfect Garden of Remembrance. I am so sorry for the losses.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • A moving, fitting tribute to those who died in the 9/11 attacks. Well worth a visit.

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