Yes, Annie Moore's back again! Yesterday, I had the pleasure of participating in a virtual conference of sorts that permitted me to speak to a roomful of folks in Co. Cork, including no less than the mayor of Cork. The occasion was the announcement of some brilliant detective work done by Tim McCoy's class of film students -- mostly 10- and 11-year-olds.
The class settled on Annie as the topic for a film they'll be making this school year, and in the course of their preparation, they managed to uncover quite a bit more about our girl -- including the fact that she was older than we all thought.
There was always confusion on this matter, as the manifest has her as 13, while the newspaper accounts of the day have her as 15. Well, it turns out she was 17. And Philip and Anthony, the little brothers who traveled with her, were also older than previously thought. In fact, it would probably be appropriate to add a few inches to the height of all three of siblings in the statue above (located at the Cobh Heritage Centre).
As to the exact date of Annie's birth, she's still left us with a lingering mystery. The civil registration matches the day and month given on her death certificate -- May 30th -- but her baptism record claims that she was born on May 25th and cleverly christened on May 24th. Guess she's not quite ready to give up all her secrets!