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Video: Armagh 9/11 survivor Louise Traynor tells of Twin Towers terror ordeal

By Ann W Schmidt

Published 14/09/2016

The Trade Centre towers during the attack
The Trade Centre towers during the attack
Louise Traynor.
Filmmaker Marcus Robinson

A Co Armagh woman who survived the 9/11 attack on the World Trade Centre spoke about her experience this week on the 15th anniversary.

After the screening of Rebuilding The World Trade Centre, Louise Traynor shared her story and talked about the film.

It was made by Belfast-born Marcus Robinson, who began shooting the documentary when construction began on the One World Trade Center. He spent more than 2,000 days documenting its reconstruction in New York.

The 9/11 museum and memorial plaza, three skyscrapers and an architecturally audacious transit hub have been built on land that was once a disaster zone.

Hundreds of victims' relatives and dignitaries gathered at Ground Zero on Sunday to hear the reading of the names of the thousands killed, under an overcast sky that shrouded the 1,776ft-tall top of One World Trade Center, the centrepiece of the rebuilt site.

Rebuilding The World Trade Centre was released on September 11 two years ago, and was screened at Stormont on Monday night to mark the 15th anniversary of the terror attack.

Louise was working for an insurance company, AON Corporation, on the 101st floor of Tower Two when the actrocity happened. "On that day a lot of my colleagues, friends, unfortunately didn't make it," she said. "I was one of the lucky ones that did make it home that day.

"So to be here tonight to see the film of the World Trade Centre being rebuilt is extremely moving. It was a very positive film."

Almost 3,000 people were killed in the attack and more than 6,000 others were injured after Islamic terrorists hijacked four planes, two of which crashed into the 110-storey Manhattan towers.

Clean-up of the site took nine months and construction on the new One World Trade Centre began in 2006.

The new skyscraper was opened in November 2014.

Louise said the documentary had a good balance between respecting those who died in the attack and moving forward. "Parts of it were extremely spiritual," she said.

"The wonders that were there, while it was put together, that the respect that was shown to the site, considering what had happened there, but also to see what could rise from such tragedy and the positiveness that was coming through for New York, I thought was really important and it was a beautiful film.

"It was emotional, but in a positive way.

"It wasn't going back over everything that was shown before, it was moving forward.

"So it was nice that they were taking into account those that lost their lives, that they were showing true respect for them, but also trying to build something to move on for them, and it very much felt they were still part of that, which I thought was lovely."

Louise Traynor.
Louise Traynor.

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