An Irish American policewoman killed in the 9/11 atrocity will be honored at a special exhibition which opens soon in Dublin.

The memory of Moira Smith, the only female New York Police Department officer killed on 9/11, will be celebrated in her father’s hometown.

Born Moira Reddy to emigrants John Reddy and Mary Finn in 1963, she had helped to save hundreds of lives in Tower 2 before was killed in the collapse.

Just 38 when she died, Moira was survived by her husband James, also a police officer, and their daughter Patricia who was just two at the time of the 9/11 bombings.

Moira’s radio and cap are be the center pieces at an exhibition of exclusive photographs by New York-based Irish photographer Nicola McClean.

The exhibition, at the National Museum of Ireland in Collins Barracks to mark the tenth anniversary of the terror attack, also features previously unreleased audio from Ground Zero.

Officer Smith and 22 colleagues killed when Tower 2 collapsed were among the first of the emergency services to respond to reports that a plane had flown into the World Trade Centre and never backed off even for a moment.

Her bravery as she led survivors out of the building has been remembered many times.

“Honor and duty required it, Moira’s personal faith demanded it,” her husband James said.

A river ferry, the Moira Smith, was named after her and carries an image of a Claddagh ring as worn by the officer and her husband.

The Moira Smith was one of the ferries which rescued passengers when a commercial airliner landed in the Hudson river in 2009.

Former NYPD Captain Paul McCormack is one of the organizers of the event in conjunction with Irish police officers in Dublin.

He said: “This exhibition is important for us. We have always had a special affinity with Gardai (Irish police), This event will strengthen and continue this special relationship.”


A tribute to those Irish Americans we lost on 9/11