On Saturday the 15th March, Senator Mark Daly layed a wreath on behalf of the people of Ireland in a ceremony attended by the Irish Defence Forces at Ground Zero, New York. Here is an extract from the Senators speech:
‘During his faithful address before leaving ireland from Shannon airport for the final time JFK quoted a poem promising he would return in the spring time.
“Come back to Erin mavoureen mavoureen come back mavouren to the land of my birth come with the shamrock in the spring time”
For those who perished here on sept 11th and never saw another spring time
For those in the NYPD, NYFD and the 69th regiment who too gave their last full measure of devotion and never saw another spring
This spring time when the shamrocks grows and in spring times to come we will remember them’.