Ringfinnan Garden of Remembrance is in the townland of Acres, near Kinsale in Co. Cork and is one of many places listed as a ‘must see’ while in this area of Ireland. A visit to this special place can be combined while visiting Kinsale, a friendly harbour town steeped in history on the mouth of the River Bandon on the South Coast of Ireland. Kinsale is a popular tourist town and boasts a harbour and marina, narrow streets with colourful buildings and a wealth of historical buildings. Ringfinnan Garden of Remembrance is in a quiet secluded area just a short 5km journey from Kinsale.
The garden was established in 2001 by a lady called Kathleen Murphy. A native of Ringfinnan, she emigrated to New York City where she worked as a nurse for over 30 years. She was there in September 2001 during the 9/11 tragedy. Kathleen established the garden on her family land in Ringfinnan in honour of the first responders who died that day, planting a tree for each of the 343 Fireman and for their chaplain and family friend Father Michael Judge.
Over the 20 years the garden has been visited by many relatives and friends of the deceased and each tree is tastefully adorned with the American Flag, personal family items, photographs, and flowers. Sadly, Kathleen passed away in March 2011, but her family and friends held a 10th anniversary commemoration in the Garden of Remberance to honour those who died that day as well as a tree planting ceremony to honour and celebrate Kathleen’s life.
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