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Woodside remembers the fallen
  Irish Voice   2001-09-19 00:00:00+01

THE Irish community in New York was hit incredibly hard by the World Trade Center disaster last week and the service in Woodside reflected that.

On Saturday night the Irish community prayed in St. Mary's in Woodside where they came to mourn many of their own.

They prayed silently for those families with members missing and for all those affected by the horrific events.

With the Irish Consulate confirming four civilians dead, and up to 20 Irish citizens missing, the release of fire and police lists numbering Irish American losses in the hundreds has hit very hard.

"Each family in Ireland has someone in New York," said Fr. Noel Moynihan at the Woodside Mass.

"The 3,000 miles between Ireland and New York is a cord that links both countries and events like this show that the distance is not great at all," he said.

The Mass organized by the Emerald Isle Immigration Center was set up to give people a focus.

"We were taking so many calls from people who wanted to help or wanted to do something. They couldn't stick watching the television anymore. So, we just wanted to give people a focal point to come together and be together," said Emerald Isle deputy director Ann Marie Scanlon.

As the crowd dispersed that sense of community was evident. "It was an Irish Mass in honor of those who died in this tragedy. We felt we should for those people that have loved ones missing or deceased. We feel whatever prayers we can say for them will put everybody's mind at ease and maybe help," said Paul Reilly from Cavan.

One Irish woman came to the ceremony to pray for her friend who worked on the 98th floor of one of the towers and is still missing.

"I had to get out and be with people, as time goes on we will all learn that we know someone who has suffered because of this," she said.

Irish American Tommy Finn came to the ceremony because he comes from a fire fighting family and spent 25 years in the NYPD himself.

He came to honor the extraordinary work these firefighters do. "It gives some solace because there is a huge void now," he said sadly.

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