Irish American Cultural Institute

Providing leadership and resources to preserve, interpret, and promote Irish and Irish American Cultures

Annie Moore

On January 1, 1892, Annie Moore, a 15 year old girl from County Cork, became the first immigrant processed at Ellis Island. In honor of the 100th anniversary of this milestone, the IACI coordinated an international effort to have a commemorative statue of Annie Moore erected at Ellis Island, and at her Irish departure point, Cobh, in County Cork.

In 1993, Irish President Mary Robinson unveiled both statues. The commemorative statues now serve as symbols of the permanent union between Ireland and the United States. Additionally, the Annie Moore statue stands as a symbol for immigrants of all nations that have contributed to the rich fabric of the United States.

Annie was born in Cork in 1877. Her parents emigrated to America in 1890 and left Annie and her two brothers in the care of an aunt. When they were established in America they sent for the children who departed on the ship "Nevada" in December 1891. They arrived 12 days later on January 1st 1892 and Annie was first off the ship where she was greeted by various officials in recognition of her being the first person whose immigration was processed in the new centre on Ellis Island.   To read more about Annie's travels,
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The Annie Moore Award

Annually the Annie Moore Award is presented to an individual who has made significant contributions to the Irish and/or Irish American community and legacy.

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