Statue in Cobh, Co Cork, of Annie Moore, the first immigrant to be processed at Ellis Island, and her brothers: she settled in the Lower East Side of New York

There are many theories about how a young woman from Co Cork became the first new arrival ever processed at Ellis Island in New York, when the immigr(...)

US Democratic vice presidential candidate senator Tim Kaine with US Democratic presidential candidate  Hillary Clinton. Photograph:  Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images

US Democratic vice presidential candidate senator Tim Kaine has never been shy about proclaiming his Longford and Kilkenny roots but a leading geneal(...)

 US vice-president Joe Biden is hugged by Abbie Conway from Knock, Co Mayo,   as he and Taoiseach Enda Kenny are greeted by schoolchildren from  four local schools - St Attracta’s, Charlestown; Barnacogue; Tavneena and Cloonlyon, upon their arrival at Ireland West  Airport Knock. Photograph: Paul McErlane/EPA

Claiming Irish ancestry is often seen as a vote-winner for ambitious American politicians, but few can match the credentials of US vice-president Joe (...)

Paul Linehan (Annie Moore’s Irish relative), genealogist Megan Smokenyak and Michael Schulman (Annie Moore’s American relative) with a photograph of Annie Moore arriving at Ellis Island on January 1st, 1892 with her brothers, Anthony and Philip. Photograph: Megan Smolenyak

An Irish descendant of Annie Moore, the first immigrant to pass through Ellis Island, has spoken about meeting Moore’s American relatives for the fir(...)

Annie Moore’s relatives Noel Brett, Tom Long, Eilish Brett, Lila Long and Frank Brett at her statue in Cobh. Photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

She’s been the symbol of generations of Irish emigrants full of hope leaving home to carve out a new life in America. But it is only now – almost 125 (...)

US president Barack Obama and vice-president Joe Biden shake hands on arriving at a reception for Taoiseach Enda Kenny in the White House this week. Photograph: Mike Theiler/via Bloomberg

President Barack Obama remarked at the festivities during Enda Kenny ’s visit to Washington DC this week that only a new pope could keep his Ca(...)