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Ground Zero exhibition returns to PRONI for World Police and Fire Games

Culture Minister Carál Ní Chuilín has welcomed the return of a poignant exhibition on 9/11 to the Public Record Office (PRONI).

Ground Zero 360°: A Photographic Retrospective coincides with the World Police and Fire Games. The photographic exhibition uses harrowing visuals, chilling audio clips and a unique panoramic installation to depict the aftermath of one of the most tragic events in American history - 9/11.

Minister Ní Chuilín said: “I am particularly pleased to be hosting this exhibition during the World Police and Fire Games. We are preparing to welcome visitors from across America, and across the world for the Games.

“While the Games are a time for celebration, this exhibition is a poignant reminder of the work service personnel do, the sacrifices they make and their commitment to public safety. It demonstrates both the humanity and the heroism of all those involved in the recovery operation on September 11 2001.

“Ireland has always had a particular affinity with America, forged through bonds of common ancestry. It is therefore appropriate that this exhibition is displayed at PRONI, a place which houses most of the records relating to the family and local history of the north of Ireland.”

“The exhibition is part of a series of events taking place in a cultural programme to compliment the Games. These events, for visitors and local people, will run alongside the sports competitions.”

The exhibition also includes two commemorative paintings of 9/11 by the internationally acclaimed Irish artist Jim Fitzpatrick Also on view will be personal artefacts lent by families of a police officer and a fire fighter who lost their lives at the World Trade Center.

The exhibition runs until 23 August 2013 and admission is free.

The display of Ground Zero 360 is part of PRONI’s summer programme of events which also includes a Family & Local History Fair which will take place free of charge on 3-4 August 2013 and will be available to both overseas visitors and the local community.

Notes to editors:

1. Ground Zero 360 was first exhibited at PRONI from 2-25 May 2012.

2. PRONI will be hosting a Family and Local History Fair to coincide with the World Police and Fire Games which takes place on 3- 4 August 2013. Thirty heritage related organisations, including the National Archives of Ireland, Linen Hall Library and Libraries NI, will be on hand to offer expert advice free of charge to visitors.

3. For further information on Ground Zero 360° visit http://www.groundzero360.org. Details of this and forthcoming exhibitions and events at PRONI can be found at http://www.proni.gov.uk.

4. Further information on the Summer Cultural Programme is available here: http://visit-belfast.com/whats-on/event/summer-cultural-programme

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