In just over two months time the American nation, in particular and indeed all free thinking people worldwide will remember, with horror, the happenings of Tuesday, September 11th, 2001.
Now, from the Tipperary /Kilkenny border, following close collaboration by the duo of musical composer & songstress Nora Fogarty and the pen of Poet & Song Writer Kathleen Blanchfield, we bring you today’s High Definition (HD) music video dedicated to all those brave men & women, particularly in the New York fire service, for their outstanding dedication to duty on that horrendous day, as we in the eastern world, via world media, looked on at an unimaginable act of terror and treachery happening live in our very homes.
The HD video shown hereunder, entitled ‘Shattered Dreams,’ was recorded live from Munster’s No 1 Nightclub The Factory, at Hayes Hotel, (Home of the GAA.) & Tipperary’s Leading night spot.
For the benefit of those amongst you who enjoy “an ould bar of a song,” please find the lyrics immediately underneath.
Shattered Dreams - Lyrics © Kathleen Blanchfield
On the eleventh of September, Two thousand and one,
With regret we remember, Evil deeds done,
When without any warning, A nation so free,
On a mid-autumn morning, Faced inhumanity.
God bless America, Keep watch from above,
God bless America, Show your tender love,
Soothe the bereaved with your solace, Bathe the injured with care,
And to those taken from us, Let heaven be theirs.
Shattered lives, shattered dreams, Paralysing the world,
When hatred wove reams, Of acts so absurd,
Tears in their torrents, Streamed the eyes of the world,
Nothing could warrant, This atrocity Lord. (Repeat Chorus.)
Dear Lord walk beside them, And light up their way,
With divine power guide them, Each minute of each day,
For in God they all trust, In good times and bad,
They need you, Oh so much, In their times now so sad. (Repeat Chorus.)
Arguably, the most powerful & one of the most beautiful of our female voices currently singing here in Ireland today, Nora has been coaxed from the quiet seclusion of her home, by the Thurles Hidden Tipperary tourism group, to perform live at a free ‘Seated Concert,’ here in the town in the coming weeks.
Concert Details, Date & Venue will be announced here on Thurles.Info shortly, so do stay tuned for this free ‘night out on the tiles.’
September 11th 2001 Attacks
To refresh your memories with regard to the facts on that dreadful day, the September 11th attacks were a series of four co-ordinated terrorist attacks launched by the Islamic terrorist group al-Qaeda upon the United States in New York City and the Washington, D.C. area.
Four passenger airliners were hijacked by 19 al-Qaeda terrorists, so that they could be flown into buildings in suicide attacks. Two of those planes, American Airlines Flight 11 and United Airlines Flight 175, were crashed into the North and South towers, respectively, of the World Trade Center complex in New York City. Within two hours, both towers had collapsed with debris and the resulting fires causing partial or complete collapse of all other buildings in the WTC complex, as well as major damage to ten other large surrounding structures.
A third plane, American Airlines Flight 77, was crashed into the Pentagon (the headquarters of the United States Department of Defence), leading to a partial collapse on its western side.
The fourth plane, United Airlines Flight 93, was targeted at the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C., but crashed into a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania, after its passengers tried to overcome the hijackers.
In total, almost 3,000 people died in the attacks, including 227 civilians and 19 hijackers aboard the four planes. It also was the deadliest incident for fire-fighters in the history of the United States and for the families of these victims the sheer horror of the September 11th attacks will continue to live on.