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23/09/2021

US tourists shed a tear at Co Kildare's 9/11 memorial

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A Co Kildare memorial to the 9/11 attacks is still getting a steady stream of emotional visitors - 14 years after the atrocity. A scaled replica of New York's Twin Towers was unveiled in Donadea Forest Park in 2003 as tribute to tragic firefighter Sean Tallon whose family was from the area. Jets piloted by al-Quaeda terrorists crashed into the famous 110-story skyscrapers on September 11, 2001 killing nearly 3,000 people and causing outrage across the world. Community activist Morna Hosey told KildareNow: "We marked the 14th anniversary of the tragedy at the weekend. "The memorial still gets a lot of visitors including US tourists who often get emotional when they come. "We are already planning for the 15th anniversary next year and hope to invite representatives from the Government and the US Embassy to take part."

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