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New York’s Kerry community is today remembering fallen comrades.

The Kerrymen’s Association of New York is recalling the day over 3,000 lost their lives with the fall of World Trade Center Twin Towers on September 11th, 2001, 15 years ago today.

Former President of the Kerrymen’s Association of New York Muiris Ó Bric told Radio Kerry News many Kerry-New Yorkers had acquaintances and family in the police and fire departments who died in the tragedy.

Muiris (of Gorta Dubh, Ballyferriter) and Mary Ellen Bric at the Kerry Ball in New York on April 7. Photo by Nuala Purcell
It was a sombre time the Ballyferriter native explained – if you went anywhere near the city in the weeks and months thereafter, the stench of the atrocity permeated.
In October 2011, The Kerrymen’s Assocation opened their new building.
Then Kerry Bishop Bill Murphy presided over the opening ceremonies and the Kerry Pipe Band marched in from McLean Avenue.
Mr Bric said people of all nationalities came to watch the opening ceremony which was uplifting in the tragedy’s aftermath.
Today, One World Trade Center stands where the Twin Towers once stood.

It too harbours a unique Kerry connection – as Ballinskelligs brothers Donal and Kevin O’Sullivan of Navillus Construction, one of New Yorks’s largest construction consortiums, were instrumental in the building of the Freedom Tower in Lower Manhattan.
According to Mr Brick, it shows such a travesty did not destroy the will of the people of New York – and that will, forever stand as a monument to that.