Bagpipe Brothers: The FDNY Band's True Story of Tragedy, Mourning, and Recovery

Bagpipe Brothers: The FDNY Band's True Story of Tragedy, Mourning, and Recovery

by Kerry Sheridan
     
 

ISBN-10: 0813533961

ISBN-13: 9780813533964

Pub. Date: 07/28/2004

Publisher: Rutgers University Press


After the 9/11 World Trade Center terrorist attacks, New York City's Emerald Society Bagpipe Band of firefighter-musicians took out their instruments and prepared to bury their dead--343 brothers in duty and in blood. Many firefighters alternated between playing their instruments at funerals and digging for the missing in the rubble of Ground Zero. The Irish…  See more details below

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After the 9/11 World Trade Center terrorist attacks, New York City's Emerald Society Bagpipe Band of firefighter-musicians took out their instruments and prepared to bury their dead--343 brothers in duty and in blood. Many firefighters alternated between playing their instruments at funerals and digging for the missing in the rubble of Ground Zero. The Irish American tradition of funeral bagpiping became the sound of mourning for an entire nation.

Bagpipe Brothers tells the unforgettable story of four firefighters in the band, who struggled to bring peace to their families and themselves while searching for the dead, coping with the endless round of funerals, and rethinking the meaning of faith. Their experiences illustrate the grief and recovery of the nation in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks.

Kerry Sheridan has written the first book to cover the ordeal of the massive number of funerals, the importance of recovering bodies in Irish American culture, and the bagpiping ritual, both traditional and modern.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813533964
Publisher:
Rutgers University Press
Publication date:
07/28/2004
Series:
Rivergate Book Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
264
Sales rank:
1,091,900
Product dimensions:
6.24(w) x 9.28(h) x 0.91(d)

Table of Contents

AcknowledgmentsIX
Prologue1
Introduction: A Brief History of Bagpiping and the Irish Traditions of the New York City Fire Department3
1Irish Fair20
2The Brunton Brothers41
3September 1150
4Dawning of the Day75
5The Funerals88
6Discovery121
7Laying to Rest138
8Thanksgiving152
9End of the Line162
10Holiday181
11Home Turf196
12Lost Celebrations201
13Closing Ground Zero218
Epilogue241
Notes245

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