Dan Rooney tracks down American in Ireland for 9/11 memorial
Mystery woman has brought flowers to same spot for ten years
Ambassador to Ireland Dan Rooney has discovered the identity of a woman who has marked the anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks each year at the US embassy in Dublin.
Rooney became curious about the identity of the woman - who leaves a bouquet of flowers outside the US embassy in Ballsbridge each year - to mark the anniversary.
Eithne Boland, an American who moved to Ireland after studying at UCD in 1965, had her identity uncovered at Rooney’s request.
'I was astonished to get a lovely phone call,' Boland told The Irish Times. 'It’s kind of overwhelming. I’ve always known that the people in the embassy really appreciate the flowers being laid there, and I love doing it,' she added.
'The origin of it was September 11th 2001, and the day after this place was an acre of flowers. So I just kept on bringing flowers because I’m from New York and I remember the Twin Towers being built.
'There was a lot of controversy about them being built at the time, and you could see them from almost anywhere in Manhattan. It was amazing.'
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