Of the almost 3,000 Americans who died on 9/11, it is estimated that 1,000 people killed had connections to Ireland. In the aftermath many people of Irish descent who were looking for their loved ones, contacted rescue agencies and identified the missing person by the claddagh ring they were wearing.
The claddagh ring is a traditional Irish symbol of friendship, loyalty and love. The ring was brought to the US by Irish immigrants back in the 1800’s and is still used by many Americans as a wedding ring and as a symbol of their Irish heritage.
Over 200 claddagh rings were reclaimed from Ground Zero. Many of the rings found belonged to victims and rescue workers who died that day; a testament to the heroism of Irish-American firefighters and policemen.