Fiona and Thomas's daughter, and Malachai's sister.
Moira was born deaf, which led more superstitious people in their village to believe she was possessed by a demon who took away her ability to hear or form words, accusing the child for not believing in god-- or her family for damning her. Fiona and Thomas were outraged, doing everything within their power to keep Moira close to them at all times, and keep her happy. Malachai became very protective of his little sister and would fight her bullies. She was very quiet and withdrawn, sensing the tense energy around folks whenever she was around.
When Thomas was murdered by the highway men, Fiona became too stressed out to take care of the inn, farm, Malachai and Moira. Even with Kierra helping out in secret, things had grown too dangerous for Fiona to raise her children. But soon she heard that Brendan had returned to Kells and Fiona felt it was time to return there. Leaving the inn and farm to Thomas's relatives.
Cellach and Brendan welcomed them back, but were saddened to hear about Moira's condition. It was as if she was trapped in her own head. Though a few monks were against it, Brendan decided to step forward and teach Moira some basic sign language after documents from an 8th century bishop had been stored in the archives to help the deaf and mute communicate. He helped teach her the alphabet through the signs as well as showing her images for her to draw for something more specific.
Life in Kells made her life some much better. She was finally treated like a human being and not a burden. Safe and sound at last, and finally able to communicate and even form a few words and names. Moira grew stronger and smarter, she'd help Fiona while Malachai was off with Brendan training. She even grew close with old Cellach, who had grown softer with age once he had recovered from years of depression. She and Malachai were like the grandkids he never had, and he was still a tad protective of them as he was with Brendan and Fiona. Moira loved seeing her brother draw and illuminate under Brendan's tutelage. By the time she saw the book of Kells, it was a sensory overload for her. She wished she could somehow live inside that book and feel that beauty.
The Secret of Kells (C) Tomm Moore & Cartoon Saloon