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Irish face of first arrival at Ellis Island

Photographs of the first immigrant to arrive at New York's Ellis Island have been found almost 120 years after Cork woman Annie Moore landed there from Ireland.

The long-unseen pictures show her as a young woman with a baby in her arms and then as an older matronly figure.

Annie arrived at Ellis Island with her two younger brothers on January 1, 1892, and was the first of more than 12 million immigrants to be processed at the centre in New York harbour between then and 1954.

Annie left from Cobh on December 20, 1891, aboard the SS Nevada, one of 148 steerage passengers.

The trio would spend 12 days at sea, including Christmas Day, arriving in New York on Thursday evening, December 31.


They were processed through Ellis Island the following morning, New Year's Day.

All three children were soon reunited with their parents, who were already living in New York.

Today, Annie is honoured by two statues -- one at her port of departure (Cobh, formerly Queenstown) and the other at Ellis Island.

Up to now, information about her was extremely limited. Initially it was believed that she moved to Texas and was killed in a car accident.

Recently it emerged that she never moved out of New York and lived in the Lower East Side until her death in 1924.