I was in Cobh on Friday and so was able to complete the information on Annie Moore.
Having read the various plaques and information board, my thoughts include:
- Was she born in 1874 as the Cork plaque states or 1877 as the Cobh plaque contends;
- If I had to guess, I would have thought it would have taken longer than 12 days to get from Cobh to New York but I obviously would have been wrong
- Looking coldly at it, she was the first person off the boat in the queue for processing so a century later, we better commemorate her; a bit odd.
Annie Moore and her brothers Anthony and Philip embarked from this town on 20 December, 1891 on the S.S. Nevada, and was the first person to be admitted to the United States of America through the new Immigration Centre at Ellis Island, New York on 1 January,1892. This sculpture was unveiled by the President of Ireland, Mary Robinson, on 9 February, 1993. It was erected by Cobh Heritage Trust Ltd. and is dedicated to all who emigrated from Ireland.
Annie Moore was born in 1877 in Cork City and left Queenstown on the SS Nevada on 20th December 1891 with her 2 brothers. On 1 January, 1892, her 15th birthday, Annie was the first immigrant to be processed at the newly opened Ellis Island centre in New York. This statue was sculpted by Jeanne Rynhart and unveiled in 1993 by President Mary Robinson. A similar statue stands on Ellis island.