The Wild Geese Collection has been established to celebrate the Diaspora that has stretched from Ireland to all corners of the earth. Since 1691, Irish men and woman have left their home and faced new challenges. They have wielded together an ongoing story of courage and diversity.
This week, the first Certificate of Irish Heritage has been awarded posthumously Joseph Hunter – a New York City fireman who worked hard to save people from the South Tower of the 9/11 attacks.
Joseph Hunter was last seen heading towards the South Tower with Squad 288 from Queens, New York City. He epitomises the strength and courage of Men of Action.
Ireland’s Minister for Foreign Affairs, Eamon Gilmore, presented the Certificate to Joseph’s family at Maspeth Fire Station in Queens:
The certificate was first suggested by Ireland’s Ambassador to Washington Michael Collins as means to strengthen the relationships between Ireland and some 70 million people of Irish descent in the world.
From the end of September, will start issuing the certificates to the public. Each Certificate costs $60 and must be verified by at least one ancestor from Ireland.