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Annie Moore

Distinguished guests ladies and gentlemen, I’m delighted to be here today at the unveiling of the commemorative plaque to Annie Moore, celebrated as the first person to land on Ellis Island in New York on the 1st. of January 1892. 12 million immigrants entered Ellis Island’s processing centre before its eventual closure. Companies like White Star, Red Star, Cunard and Hamburg-America played a vital part in the history of Ellis Island and immigration into America.  However Read more [...]

The Lonely Penrose Quay

That lonely place on Penrose Quay, Where many a tear was shed; Cork's finest sons and daughters wept, Cork's youth was then being bled; A ship was waiting on the shore, To take them all away; To London, Coventry, Birmingham, New York and Botany Bay. Like the wild geese they had to go, To save those left behind; The pride of Cork were leaving us, The gentle and the kind; They worked in foundries, building sites, and slaved in coalmines too; sweat and toiled in hotel Read more [...]