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John O'Shea and his son Patrick pictured outside of Four World Trade Center with the 2011 New York Rose of Tralee, Erin Loughran Photo by: John O'Shea

Irish workers rebuild World Trade Center after 9/11 tragedy

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John O'Shea and his son Patrick pictured outside of Four World Trade Center with the 2011 New York Rose of Tralee, Erin Loughran Photo by: John O'Shea

Despite the site initially being hampered by delays, Delahunty says it is great to see so many jobs being produced.
 
“When they started they were happy things were finally going as it coincided with the general downturn in the economy, otherwise thousands tradesmen would be out of work,” he told the Irish Voice.
 
Ground Zero remains a popular tourist destination, with thousands descending on Lower Manhattan each day to catch a glimpse of the redevelopment.
 
“You can be conscious of the fact you are being watched all the time. It was definitely strange seeing the flashbulbs go off all around the perimeter of the site,” he said.
 
Despite being a source of concern for some relatives, the Westchester resident admits that he that his involvement with the rebuild will be something he will always cherish.
 
“My family thought it was great, but there was a certain amount of worry as some people felt that if they decided to go again it would be a target,” Delahunty said.
 
“But on the same token it’s great because you can always tell people years from now that you were part of history.”
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