Ellis Island's first immigrant honoured

LUCY KENNEDY in New York

FOR 84 years, the body of Annie Moore lay in in an unmarked grave in the New York borough of Queens.

On Saturday, a monument was erected at Calvary Cemetery commemorating the first person - Irish or otherwise - to be registered at New York's Ellis Island immigration centre.

Moore, who was aged just 17 when she arrived on Ellis Island on January 1st, 1892, had long been thought to have moved to America's west coast, and was reputed to have married a descendent of Daniel O'Connell.

But in 2006 genealogist Megan Smolenyak discovered that Moore married a German-American baker and lived on Manhattan's Lower East side.

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