Annie Moore and her brothers

A statue of Annie Moore and her brothers quayside, Cóbh,

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Pam and I had the emotionally moving experience of  Cóbh Heritage Centre on May 29, 2014.  This statue stands outside the Cóbh Heritage Centre, on the quay from which thousands of Irish emigrated from what was then Queenstown.  My father’s mother, Elizabeth Wills nee Duffy, left from here April 28, 1898.

These are the words on the plaque:

“Annie Moore and her brothers Anthony and Phillip embarked from this town on 20 December 1891 on the S.S. Nevada.  Annie 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 Cóbh Heritage Trust Ltd. and is dedicated to all who emigrated from Ireland.
This sculpture won the Zeneca Ireland Ltd. commemorative sculpture award .  A statue of Annie Moore was also erected at Ellis Island, New York.  The commemoration of Annie Moore at New York and at Cóbh was initiated by the Irish American Cultural Institute.
This sculpture is the work of Jeanne Rynhart of Bantry.”

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23 thoughts on “Annie Moore and her brothers

    1. The New York Statue was installed on Ellis Island in the 1990’s. I’ve not been there myself. We were lucky enough to experience Annie Moore and her brothers in County Cork, Ireland, that spring day three years ago. Thanks for visiting.

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  1. I was in Ireland in July and was lucky enough to visit Cobh (locals said it’s pronounced “Cove”) and see this beautiful statue. I then visited the Titanic museum. Very moving experience.

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  2. Learned of Annie Moore from a song the Three Irish Tenors sang awhile ago. Didn’t know she had traveled with her brothers. We visited Ellis Island prior to the 90’s, so missed the statue. The song was Isle of Hope, Isle of Tears. Thanks Ireland for giving us a start here in the US. Being the way things are here…
    Can I come home now?!😆

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  3. I am originally from County Clare on the West coast of Ireland. Ennistymon is my birthplace. I was educated by the nuns at the Convent of Mercy Ennistymon. Left Ennistymon when I was 18 and a half years old. Got 9 honours in my Leaving Certificate, which was a very high standard. Came to England. I worked in a Pharmacy in Parkway in Camden Town and qualified as a pharmacist. It was the most interesting job I ever did.
    Got married and had a beautiful daughter who I named Elizabeth after my mother R I.P. I then went to University to study Psychology and gained a PHD.
    I worked in Harley Street, London W1 for many, many years. I had to take early retirement due to ill health.

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  4. Great photograph and a nice bit of history. I certainly appreciate the knowledge. All the best to you Michael,


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