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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  • Once again, the bus driver knew of this place and took us up to see it. It was lovely, and tells a nice story of the woman who started it. It is in remembrance for rescue workers killed at 9/11 in NYC...  more »
  • Amazing and breathtaking memorial for the 343 FDNY that gave the ultimate sacrifice during the Sept 11th attack in New York City. The garden was created by Kathleen Murphy who was a nurse in NYC for 4...  more »
  • Peaceful memorial to the 911 heroes in NYC by a NYC Nurse who was from this area originally. She donated the land and was the force behind the idea of the memorial. A moving place to stop and visit, f...  more »
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  • 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.
  • Visited here on September 10th, 2016. As a US citizen, it was an incredibly touching experience. Entering the garden through the darkness under the trees and then entering the open and sunny center square was very moving. I highly recommend this experience for caring individuals of any nationality.
  • Really touchy, a piece of brave and sacrifice in the south of Ireland
  • Very touching monument, in the typical US cemetery style. Small parking lot in front of the Memorial.
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