Annie was one of five children born to Andrew O'Neill & Kate Byrne. She was born on the 10th of September, 1912 at 22 Charlemont avenue. Charlemont avenue was just off Charlemont street, in Dublin. To see exactly where the avenue was, you can check out the Charlemont street area map below. All of the cottages on Charlemont avenue were demolished in the early 1940s.
Her father Andrew had died two months previously from Tuberculosis in the Allan Ryan Hospital on Pigeon House road in Ringsend. This had left her mother Kate to look after their five children on her own. The eldest was James at thirteen, followed by Cathy at twelve, Mary (known as Maisie) at ten, Annie herself at eight and finally Andrew, my father, who was the youngest at five years old.