Wednesday, 2 May 2012

9/11 exhibition at PRONI

From the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (

UK premiere of Ground Zero 360° Exhibition launched at PRONI

Culture Minister, Carál Ní Chuilín, launched the UK premiere of Ground Zero 360 on 2 May 2012.

Speaking as she launched the exhibition the Minister said: “This is a significant and poignant exhibition which we are honoured to have in Belfast. The events that occurred on Tuesday September 11 2001 changed the world completely.

“It is fitting and a huge privilege that Ground Zero 360 has come to the Titanic Quarter, just weeks after the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic.”

Designed and constructed by Nicola McClean, a New York based Irish photographer who captured visual images of the day, and her husband, Paul McCormack, an NYPD police inspector who was part of the rescue mission, Ground Zero 360° lets you become part of history by allowing you to look into the faces of the missing, touch twisted steel from the World Trade Centre buildings and listen to 911 calls made by frantic New Yorkers.

The exhibition features personal items donated by the families of fallen service men and women as well as artwork by celebrated Dublin born artist Jim Fitzpatrick, famous for his 1968 legendary red and black poster of Che Guevara. Two paintings, including a world exclusive of 'NYPD 23' as well as 'Father Mychal Judge', both taken from his ‘Lament for the Fallen’ 9/11 commemorative series, will be on display.

Ground Zero 360° runs from 3rd May – 25th May 2012 at PRONI.

Admission is free. Group visits welcome, however we would ask that they contact PRONI in advance.

COMMENT - not quite family history, but I know it's an event I'll be telling my grandkids about. My own diary from the day is available on my Walking in Eternity blog at

(With thanks to Gavin McMahon)


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