9/11 rescue volunteer with Sligo links raises €7,400 for Laura Lynn

A former New York resident with close south Sligo links is finishing 2020 having raised more than €7,400 for the Laura Lynn Children’s Hospice.

Michael Burke, whose family comes from Tubbercurry, was born in New York, where he was president of the Sligo GAA Club for over 15 years.

He worked as a volunteer rescue worker on the scene of the horrific 9/11 attack on the World Trade Centre’s Twin Towers in Lower Manhattan, which occurred 19 years ago last September.

Now living in Castleisland, County Kerry, he travels throughout the country raising money for charity as well as keeping awareness of 9/11 alive, particularly with the 20th anniversary of the atrocity next year.

This year, he visited 20 counties during which he distributed special 9/11 GAA jerseys, which are signed by players in each county and given to charities for fundraising.

Speaking to Ocean FM News on this New Year’s Eve, he looked back on his efforts and thanked all those who helped him.