Monday, May 2, 2011

Some of OBL's victims

I thought it appropriate to re post this piece I wrote about some of the Irish nationals that were murdered by Osama Bin Laden.

Irish Killed on September 11th
There were approximately 20 Irish people killed on this day seven years ago in the terrorist attacks of September 11th. The victims that most Irish people will remember is that of the truly amazing story of Ruth and Juliana McCourt (pictured). On that day Ruth McCourt 44, originally from Ballintemple, County Cork, living in the US since 1973, boarded Flight 175 from Boston to Los Angelas. In her arms was her four year old daughter Juliana. Flight 175 crashed into the south tower at 9:02 am. Juliana McCourt was the second youngest victim on September 11th.

The story takes an unbelievable twist with the news that Ruth's brother Ron Clifford was scheduled for a meeting that morning in the South tower at 9:am. He arrived in the lobby of the south tower at 8:45. About half a minute later he heard the almighty roar and explosion of flight 11 crashing into the North tower. He ran outside to the scene of devastation. He came to the assistance of a woman that had been horribly burned by falling jet fuel. He was still cradling this woman fifteen minutes later when he looked up to see the plane carrying his sister and his niece slam into the south tower. He barely escaped the falling debris. Later that evening he arrived at his home in New Jersey from a day that he probably thought could not possibly be more horrific only to find out that his sister and niece had been killed. Such a tragic collection of coincidences nobody could have imagined.


Other Irish killed that day include Sean Canavan, a 38-year-old carpenter from Co Tyrone. He was finishing off a job on the 94th floor of the south tower when the attack happened. Sean was a first cousin of two time all Ireland winning Tyrone football star Peter Canavan.

5 comments:

Gary said...

Ted,

This was a very nice way to observe this momentous event and bring it a little closer for people.

The first story you reported was particularly interesting to me because those are the kinds of strange interconnected real-life happenings that made me put down the fiction book and start studying history.

Oh, and I loved your "song" -I'd like to use it in my blog sometime.

Gary

Ted Leddy said...

Thanks Gary

It certainly is a very poignant story. I believe 21 Irish nationals were killed on 9/11. It has been an amazing couple of days. Like you I'm sure, I have been blown away by this event and cannot wait to find out more details about the raid. I am very relieved that Bin Laden was got. But I am not an American and probably do not feel the same level of relief that you do. The images from America certainly demonstrate how emotional a subject this was. And I'm sure you as a military man take great satisfaction from the knowledge that the last thing Osama Bin Laden ever saw was a US Navy Seal pointing a gun at him.

Anonymous said...

It's fortunate you can put a name to some of the 'victims' of 9/11, shame you couldn't be bothered to name ONE victim of US/UK (and Ireland by default - Shannon will forever haunt you)bombings in Iraq, Afghanistan. Somalia and elsewhere. The veil wears thin!

Ted Leddy said...

I mourn all the victims of the wars in Afganistan and Iraq, those killed by sectarian violence, terrorist attack or through allied bombings or actions. This post was about the Irish victims of Al Quaeda violence.

Anonymous said...

'I mourn all the victims of the wars in Afganistan and Iraq, those killed by sectarian violence, terrorist attack or through allied bombings or actions. This post was about the Irish victims of Al Quaeda violence.' I don't believe you for a moment, why? Because page after page of this duplicitious blog excuses Jewish and western terrorism. Course you could prove me wrong, but I won't hold my breath.