Awards in Annie’s name

Annie Moore’s final resting place in Calvary Cemetery, Queens is marked by a Celtic Cross of Irish Blue Limestone.


By Irish Echo Staff

The spirit of Annie Moore will be in the room Thursday evening for the annual awards presented in her name by the Irish Lobby for Immigration Reform.

The awards event is set for the New York Athletic Club in Manhattan and three community standouts, Connie O’Reilly, Niall O’Dowd and Congressman Joseph Crowley, will be honored for their lives and work as immigrants or, as in Crowley’s case, for his championing of Irish and Irish American causes, including relief for the undocumented Irish.

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Connie O’Reilly, who heads the O’Reilly Restaurant Group, will be presented with the Patrick J. Donaghy Award. Niall O’Dowd, journalist and founder of Irish Central, will receive the Irish Spirit Award while Congressman Crowley will be honored with the Friend of Ireland Award.

The awards ceremony runs from 6 to 9 p.m. and all money raised by the event will go towards ILIR’s work on behalf of Irish immigrants and immigration reform.

Cork native Annie Moore was the first immigrant recorded at Ellis Island on January 1, 1892. For many years her later life was something of a mystery before extensive genealogical research cast light on her life in New York City where she is now buried.